Growing crops for food and fuel together can work but farmers and policymakers must prioritise hungry people and think local
Posted by Olivier De Schutter, Wednesday 17 October 2012
Does a U-turn in Brussels spell the end for biofuels? There is no doubting that plans to revise EU biofuel targets downwards mark a major turning point. While failing to go far enough, the EU executive has nonetheless realised it is imprudent to support, let alone mandate, extra biofuel production. Food prices are volatile and pressures on land are increasing in all regions of the world, causing local communities to fear evictions and many small food producers to be priced out of land markets.
The EU has joined a growing consensus, and similar moves from the US would now be welcome: the latest calculations show that US ethanol policies have increased the food bills of poor food-importing countries by more than $9bn (£5.6bn) since 2006.
But where to next?
For more on this story, visit: In a world hungry for biofuels, food security must come first | Olivier De Schutter | Global development | guardian.co.uk.