http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewForeignBureaus.asp?Page=/ForeignBureaus/archive/200805/FOR20080505f.html Indian Minister Says US Biofuels Contribute to Food Shortage By Associated Press CNSNews.com May 05, 2008 New Delhi (AP) - Indian politicians have lambasted President Bush for saying the South Asian country's increasing prosperity is partly to blame for the rising price of food around the world. The defense minister called Bush's comments a "cruel joke" and the Hindu nationalist opposition, the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party, threatened Monday to force a parliamentary debate on the matter. Bush, in comments that praised the growing prosperity of countries like India, said Friday that "when you start getting wealth, you start demanding better nutrition and better food. "And so demand is high, and that causes the price to go up," Bush said. That Bush was expressing a view held by many economists--and that he called India's growing prosperity "good"--wasn't addressed by the South Asian country's indignant politicians.