Biofuel adding to global poverty

From ABC Online 

A charity that helps farmers in poor countries has strongly condemned the development of biofuels.

The charity, called Grain, says growing crops for fuel is causing ecosystems to be destroyed and farmers to lose their land.

Fuels from crops are being heavily promoted by the US and Europe as a welcome solution to climate change.

But the report from Grain amplifies recent warnings from the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation that some biofuels produce hardly any carbon savings at all.

What is more, the group says, Governments and biofuels firms in developing countries are collaborating to push hundreds of thousands of indigenous people and peasant communities off their land.

The group says the media has been "spun" into using the cosy term biofuels and wants us to refer to them as agro-fuels instead.


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