Friday, September 21, 2012

[biofuelwatch] Help end targets for burning food crops in cars

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Food prices are again rising to record highs. The short term impacts of bad harvests are exacerbated by food being diverted into biofuel production.

In the US almost half of all maize is now being burned in cars. In Europe 60% of rapeseed in used for biodiesel.

But research has shown that biofuels made from crops don't help the climate. In fact they can result in an increase in climate emissions.

Prices for basic foods are rising and agricultural land is being diverted away from food production. This means more people are being pushed into poverty and more forests are being cut down to make way for biofuel plantations.

What can be done
The most immediate action world leaders can take is to end biofuel mandates that have no environmental benefits. The world's ten biggest intergovernmental organisations, including the United Nations and the World Bank, have already urged G20 leaders to do just that.

Take action
Owen Paterson, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, will be attending the upcoming G20 emergency meeting on food prices. Ask him to make sure that the world leaders end mandates and targets for burning food crops in cars.

Email Owen Paterson now


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Biofuels are a wide range of fuels which are in some way derived from biomass.

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