Biofuels: Animal Ag’s Hot New Subsidy

June 4, 2010

Nicely researched piece by Diet for a Hot Planet author Anna Lappé on industry efforts to turn factory farm and slaughterhouse waste into biofuels. It includes a key insight into the motivation behind launching these programs:

Something happens when your industry is no longer an invisible force in global warming. Sure, visibility means that your company can be targeted as a climate-change culprit. But it also means you can capitalize on the windfalls of our new era—the subsidies, tax breaks, and booming carbon market. As long as you’re part of the problem, you can be part of the solution. And get paid for it.

What a wonderful business model: create a major environmental menace and then get paid to partly fix it. Link.

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