30 March 2007 19:15 [Source: ICIS news]
(ICIS news)--A Brazil-US biofuels partnership may have severe repercussions on millions of rural poor, international anti-poverty agency ActionAid said on Friday.
The agency said ethanol represents a viable alternative energy solution, but also warned that production of the biofuels has resulted in land grabs and a reduction in the amount of farmland available for food crops.
"We are talking about unfair trade-offs," an ActionAid official said.
ActionAid's statement came in advance of an official visit to the
In US newspapers on Friday, Lula published a statement deflecting criticism that ethanol would cause more poverty in
Lula said Brazil uses less than 20% of the 340m hectares of arable land it has for crops, and that only 1% of that, or 3m hectares, is used to harvest sugarcane.
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