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  • Robots? I don't think we are competing with our robots for food, maybe with machines though.

    In either case, I don't think that will last long. As I understand it biofuels is still a small part of agricultural production. I believe we will move to making biofuels from non-food feedstock before too long. It will probably be cheaper. However as more people become wealthy and want to eat well the poor will get even hungrier.
    • Robots, machines, it doesn't matter. Skynet will eventually control it all.

      At large enough scales, the subtleties are irrelevant.

      biofuels don't HAVE to be a large part of production to have a large impact.

      For example, Navy Bean prices (the bean used to make baked beans) are up 45% this year. Why? Because a percentage of farmers moved over the corn, which was more profitable.

      If biofuel is profitable, then farmers will shift from human food to robot fuel accordingly. And they won't STOP shifting until the profitability of human food rises to match.

      And that's the kicker here. The current pricing is of little relevance, because as long as the two prices are linked together, we know that biofuel production will go up.

      As for non-food biofuel, it's not going to REPLACE food-stock biofuels, it's simply going to add to it. Nobody is going to stop making profitable sugar cane or corn ethanol just because someone else is making profitable grass ethanol.

      They'll BOTH make it, unless government imposes restrictions or false economics via subsidies.

      And those sorts of market-manipulating factors leak, if it is profitable people will find a way around it, legal or otherwise.

      And as long as the energy is more profitably employed powering robots, it will continue to be used by robots, at the expense and suffering of non-productive humans.

      This only became a factor once all of human society exceeded the world's net productivity. Now we're heading into a game where energy is more expensive, for humans or otherwise.