Tuesday, June 19, 2012

EU ignoring impact of biofuels on food security


"Biofuels are pushing up food prices and driving up to 60 per cent of the large-scale land deals taking place across the world."

"Last year, some 10 international bodies - including the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation - found the evidence of the link between biofuels policies and increasingly volatile food prices to be so compelling that they recommended that G20 governments abolish all biofuels mandates and subsidies."

"Biofuels mandates drive land deals which deprive communities of vital land and water. The rush to meet targets for minimum biofuels content in petrol and diesel, within a relatively short timeframe, is a significant driver of the global land rush."

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