Organic matter, turned into transportation fuels that reduce our use of imported oil, is better for the environment, and creates new jobs in rural communities.
Many industries and entrepreneurs are developing new technologies to make ethanol or Biodiesel from almost anything that grows or that once grew: corn stalks, prairie grass, rice straw, sawdust, even paper.
Unfortunately, the two front runner alternative fuel processes feel that American farmers could be put back to work on growing /crops/ for energy. While this is laudable to a point, however, we feel that the collision we predicted, has occured—where there is a severe shortage of edible food—corn, soy, canola, mustard seed, etc (see Cultural Clash).
Crop prices will continue to rise for other markets and a stampeding demand on these resources that clearly can not be accommodated by America's current land mass will occur.