09 June 2008 20:09 [Source: ICIS news]
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Speaking in a radio address, Lula attributed a wave of public opinion against ethanol and biodiesel production to the public relations efforts of large oil companies and producers in other countries who use higher-cost feedstock.
Some segments of society claim large scale production of biofuels has shifted land use away from food production and driven up prices of staple goods.
Citing the previously reported example of fears over land invasion in the Amazon for biofuels crops, Lula said such concerns are absurd.
“There is no reason, outside the country, to claim that sugar cane is invading the Amazon,” he said in Portuguese.
Lula also addressed concerns about labour conditions in
The trend toward mechanisation has recently arisen as a domestic political issue over job losses.
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