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Biofuels are not a “crime against humanity”: FAO

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation has come out against the statement yesterday by UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Jean Ziegler, that biofuels are a crime against humanity, and is quoted by Biopact as saying: We regret the report of the Special Rapporteur has taken a very complex issue, with many positive […]

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Biofuels are a “crime against humanity”

Biofuels made from food crops are a “crime against humanity“, according to the UN’s special special rapporteur on the right to food, Jean Ziegler, and there should be a five year moratorium on their production, according to a report on Reuters. Jose Sergio Gabrielli, chief executive of Brazil’s state petrochemical company, Petrobras, said the US […]

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Maize and wheat prices could stay high for 10 years

Maize and wheat prices have shot up to their highest levels since 2000 in the past few months, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), and reported on Yubanet. The report says an increased demand for biofuel production may keep prices above historic levels for the next 10 years and have an impact […]

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FAO wants global rules for biofuels

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation is pushing for a high level meeting next June to lay down rules for the international bioenergy market, which is currently regulated by domestic policies, according to the Financial Times. The FAO wants the European Union and the US to lower trade barriers to ethanol imports, establish a […]

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Biofuels are changing agricultural economics

Biofuels are changing agricultural economics according to the OECD and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation in a report on ICIS News. (Disclosure: I work for ICIS: About ICIS) This is

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Food , UN Agencies, biofuels and confusion

Talk about food and biofuels to UN Agencies, confusion is the outcome. About a month ago I ran a piece suggesting that it was not unreasonable for different parts of the UN to disagree over food policy.There’s no joined up thinking at the UN about biofuel . The UN isn’t a dictatorship, nor is it […]

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Biofuels could be very good for third world: UN

Biofuels could be very good for the third world Gustavo Best head of energy policy at the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation, talking to Reuters. He draws an interesting parallel with the Green Revolution of the 1960s: “It’s probably the best opportunity there has been since the ‘green revolution’ to bring really a new wind […]

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Cereal demand and production is going to be tight in 2007

Production of cereals and demand for them is going to be tight in 2007, according to a report from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, in a statement released yesterday. The FAO Says World cereal production in 2007 is on track to reach a record level of 2 095 million tonnes, a rise of 4.8 percent […]

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No joined up thinking about biofuels

There’s no joined up thinking on biofuels at the UN, according to Global Dashboard reporting on the Guardian Newspaper this morning. This needs more work than I can give it at the moment, and I’m not sure why the UN should be blamed, or what it could do… But if we’re going to cut down good […]

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Combustion or consumption: how to balance biofuels production.

Combustion or consumption: how to balance biofuels production is a question that, is making the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs(IRIN), like Unilever, worried that there will be competition for scarce food resources between biofuelers and people who need to eat. In a long report it quotes Lester Brown, president of the Earth Policy […]

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