09 July 2008 19:39 [Source: ICIS news]
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“I suggested, among other things, that it was necessary that we have not only a common discussion, but a common diagnosis over what is going on today in the world’s food supply,” Lula said in Portuguese, referring to the debate over food-vs-fuels that has dampened global enthusiasm for biofuels.
Brazil is the world’s largest ethanol exporter, and the second largest producer after the US.
Global biofuels producers, including those from Brazil and the US, joined in the effort with a joint letter to sway the G8 attendees to adopt formal approval of biofuels.
The G8 concluded that the effort to lower greenhouse gas emissions should focus on clean and renewable energy sources, mentioning nuclear power generation but not biofuels, according to Brazilian state media.
In a separate statement that coincided with the G8 meeting, the
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