The Human and Moral Costs of Producing Biofuel

In Columbia, South America, Afro-Columbians lived in rural areas, farming the land with corn, cocoa, yucca, mango and banana products. Recently hired paramilitary forces (terrorists) take the land from the farmers for biofuel conglomerates.

These farmers only know how to live in the backwoods and must now move to the cities, abandoning their traditional lifestyle and culture. In the cities they are complete strangers and don't know how to succeed in city life.

As 30 year old Jose Caceido said "We are discriminated against in 3 ways. We are displaced, we are black and we are poor."

The president of Columbia wants the biofuel palm plantations because he hopes to tax them well and get money for the country. He doesn't seem to care much about the human costs.

When we have biofuel hybrids and cleaner cities, will we give a damn about the Afro-Columbians and others people who have had their land stolen and been abused. Or will we just shrug them off like we did with the American Indians and others?

We are making a trade-off: technology for morality. We should consider carefully if this is what we really should do! Perhaps we should protest on the internet and not buy biofuel from those companies.

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