Friday, October 11, 2013

[biofuelwatch] Fwd: Biofuels industry strong arms governments at UN food security conference





*Biofuels industry strong arms governments at UN food security conference

* Press release
11 October 2013

/ROME, Italy/ – Today Civil Society movements blamed Governments 
negotiating on biofuels at the Committee on World Food security for 
defending the interests of the biofuels industry rather than the 
interests of people pushed into hunger by biofuel policies. They refused 
to endorse the recommendations on biofuels as any references to Human 
Rights, links with food price spikes and land grabbing have been 
systematically refused.

Governments acknowledged that biofuels crops compete with food crops and 
influence food prices but did not have the courage to recommend any 
action to stop this. The domination of pro biofuel countries in talks 
has resulted in decisions heavily favorable for biofuels expansion. 
Governments who spoke expressing strong misgivings have largely been 
ignored.

    "Small scale food producers have spoken powerfully here about the
    reality they are confronted with every day: that biofuels crops
    compete with their food production, for the land they till and for
    the water that sustains them. They called on this assembly to take
    action to defend the right to food from the impacts of biofuels;
    instead the recommendations overwhelmingly defend the interests of
    the biofuels industry and legitimise violations of the right to food."

In June the High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE), on the request of the 
CFS, released its report on biofuels policies to inform the 
negotiations. The report clearly concluded that there is a link between 
the energy policy and food security and that biofuels have been a key 
driver behind steep food price spikes and food price volatility in 
recent years. Other independent research such as by the European 
Commission has confirmed such findings.

Estimates suggest about six million hectares of land in sub-Saharan 
Africa is already controlled by European biofuel companies and about 293 
land grabs covering more than 17 million hectares worldwide have been 
reported due to biofuels.

On Monday more than 80 civil society organizations sent a letter to CFS 
members warning that the current recommendations would fail to uphold 
the Right to Food or stop hunger caused by biofuels.

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Media contact: cso4cfs@gmail.com

[1] The CFS serves as a forum in the UN System for review and follow-up 
of policies concerning world food security. Civil Society participates 
at the CFS through the largest international mechanism of civil society 
organizations seeking to influence agriculture, food security and 
nutrition policies and actions.

[2] The mandate and spirit of the reformed CFS is to create a body that 
includes all countries and stakeholders. A Global Strategic Framework 
rooted in the Right to Food is at the heart of the reformed CFS and 
provides clear guidance to coordinate actions on food security and 
nutrition. The HLPE provides scientific and knowledge-based analysis to 
inform governments on priority issues.

[3] Open Letter on Biofuels in the CFS
www.csm4cfs.org/news/open_letter_on_biofuels_in_the_cfs-139/ 
<http://www.csm4cfs.org/news/open_letter_on_biofuels_in_the_cfs-139/>

[4] Civil Society intervention after the CFS Biofuels Decision Box is 
adopted
www.csm4cfs.org/news/civil_society_intervention_after_cfs_biofuels_decision_box_adoption-151/ 
<http://www.csm4cfs.org/news/civil_society_intervention_after_cfs_biofuels_decision_box_adoption-151/



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