Here’s the latest from the desk of the biofuels will threaten our food reports. German newspaper Spiegel Online is lamenting that “Germany’s beloved gummy bears,” are falling victim to rising prices as a result of biofuels. Poor lil buddies.
The article says prices of one of the main ingredients of gummy bears, glucose, rose by 30 percent in 2006. Gummy bear-maker Haribo is so concerned it is part of the “Netzwerk Lebensmittel-Forum” (“Food Forum Network”), which focuses on the dangers of the food vs biofuel debate.
The German company isn’t the only one worried about a food sticker shock. Companies have been concerned about the price of corn, popcorn, torillas, even beer. And last week the International Food Policy Research Institute said that inefficient production of biofuels could raise food prices by 80%.