Last month, UN expert Jean Ziegler called biofuels ‘a crime against humanity’ because they push up food prices and take land away from food production. Mr Zeigler called for a moratorium on biofuel production to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe. The new biofuel investment planned in London today will directly translate into more people going hungry and more small farmers losing their land to big biofuel companies.”
Deepak Rughani adds: “Far from being climate friendly, biofuel monocultures are destroying ecosystems, including rainforests, on which all of us depend for a stable climate. As a result, they are speeding up climate change.”
A recent study by Nobel laureate Paul Crutzen suggests that even biofuels grown in Europe are worse for the climate than fossil fuels. Rapeseed biodiesel, the main biofuel produced in the UK, is linked to up to 70% more greenhouse gas emissions than fossil fuel diesel, because of nitrous oxide emissions from fertiliser use.
Biofuelwatch, who are campaigning for an EU moratorium on large-scale biofuel
production and imports into the EU, say that from April 2008 UK consumers will have no choice about having to buy biofuels at the pump. The biofuels available will be blended from many difference sources across the globe depending on commodity
market prices. This could include biofuels linked to human rights abuses, evictions of local people from their land, deforestation, and massive carbon emissions.
Photos of the protest attached.
We expect a colourful array of banners and placards.
Andrew Boswell, 07787-127881
Deepak Rughani, Tel 07931-636337
1. Jean Ziegler, Special UN Rapporteur for the Right to Food, called for a 5-year moratorium on biofuel production in a report submitted to the UN General Assembly in October. See: http://www.i-sis.org.uk/Moratorium_on_Biofuels.php .
2. For the study by Paul Crutzen and others about nitrous oxide emissions from biofuel production, see : http://www.physorg.com/news109581631.html .
3. Over 150 organisations from North and South, including Biofuelwatch, have signed a call for an immediate moratorium on EU incentives for agrofuels, EU imports of agrofuels and EU agroenergy monocultures http://www.econexus.info/biofuels.html