Tuesday, April 29, 2008

UN condemns biofuels growth


Now this is taking the food crises, biofuels seriously and its about time.
The United Nations is expected to reveal a new battle plan to tackle the growing crisis in global food provision.

Monday's meeting in Switzerland follows a warning from the UN's Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, who says developed countries and the biofuel industry are largely to blame for the current food shortages.

"Bioethanol is one of the reasons why food prices have exploded. Last year the US burned 138 million tons of maize and transformed it into bioethanol and biodiesel," Jean Ziegler told Al Jazeera.

"Burning food today, so as to serve the mobility of the rich countries, is a crime against humanity." [emphasis mine]

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