17 April 2008 19:18 [Source: ICIS news]
TORONTO (ICIS news)--The rise in global food prices is not due the growing production and use of biofuels but rather the result of inadequate agricultural policies, in particular in developing countries, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday.
“The current increase in global food prices is essentially not due to biofuels,” she said in a speech at the opening of the CHOREN biomass-to-liquid (BTL) plant in ?xml:namespace>
Rather, policy makers had failed to correctly predict and account for the huge changes and increases in food demand and nutrition in countries such as
The challenge was to integrate these consumption trends into global development and farm policies, she said.
“I am confident that a way forward will be found to reconcile biofuels and food strategies, with each playing its role,” she said.
The CHOREN plant, which uses non-food wood-based biomass as a feedstock, was an important milestone in this direction, said Merkel.
Merkel also defended
Introducing the 10% mandate would have caused additional costs for German drivers, she said.
Regardless of the change in bioethanol plans,
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