Guatemala farmers forced off land to make room for biofuel

State security forces in Guatemala are forcibly evicting peasants from their land so biofuel companies can make green, clean biofuel for our cars. Wow, that’s just totally environmentally sustainable, isn’t it?

Helicopters with armed men leaning out were flying overhead, private security guards and paramilitary forces were attacking people, and houses and crops were being burned.

Rising demand for biofuel in the US and EU is mandated by governments. Over 42 million acres of land may now be needed to grow industrial biofuel, which takes away land that was used to grow food.

As is too often the case now, predatory capitalism has taken a good idea, biofuel, and turned it into a  potential profit stream to be exploited and commoditized regardless of consequences to the less fortunate or the planet.