Flicking through an old copy of Country Living, I came across ‘All you need to know about BIOFUELS’. Well in my case, its never ‘all’ I need to know. I always have far more questions than what are answered.
Back in 2006, the Labour Transport Secretary was working towards a target of all diesel and petrol containing a blend of 5% biofuels by 2010. This would apparently have had the same effect as taking one million cars a year off the roads. Well its 2014 now. I’ve had a quick rummage on the internet, and so far have not found any evidence that suggests we did reach that 5% goal. Nothing is loudly boasting that we achieved it, so without spending endless hours on further research, for now I am going to presume that we did not reach the target. However, that does not mean that nothing at all was achieved.
I also learnt that most diesel engines will run effectively on 100% biodiesel, but that only a few of the vehicle manufacturers ‘officially’ approve this. Fancy that. I wonder who might be filling their pockets!
What I did know already, is that to grow enough crops here in the UK, to fill the guzzling tummies of all of our diesel vehicles, we simply do not have enough land. We would not have land left to grow food for ourselves. What does that tell us? Well it screams in bright neon flashing lights to me, that there are too many people, with too many vehicles, requiring too much fuel, for one weeny country.
Another thing that I was reminded of, is how growing nothing but biofuel plants (rape or sunflower) creates huge areas of agricultural monoculture. Which loses us our wonderful biodiversity of life. Of birds and bees and butterflies and wild flowers and, well, pretty much much everything really. Something that wildlife and biodiversity experts are continuously attempting to reverse the effects of.
So where does that leave us? Its catch 22. If we do nothing about emissions, the impacts of the ultimate sped-up climate change will drastically affect biodiversity. The variety of life. If we attempt to fix things, we could also accidentally kill off some essential ingredients of planet Earth.
When I ponder these things, I always reach the same conclusion. There are too many people on the planet. Consuming too many resources. Less mouths to feed = less vehicles = less emissions = a healthier happier planet.