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    BBC NEWS | Americas | Biofuels 'crime against humanity'
    Biofuels 'crime against humanity'
    By Grant Ferrett
    BBC News

    Food prices have risen as more land is used to produce biofuels
    A United Nations expert has condemned the growing use of crops to produce biofuels as a replacement for petrol as a crime against humanity.

    The UN special rapporteur on the right to food, Jean Ziegler, said he feared biofuels would bring more hunger.

    The growth in the production of biofuels has helped to push the price of some crops to record levels.

    Mr Ziegler's remarks, made at the UN headquarters in New York, are clearly designed to grab attention.

    He complained of an ill-conceived dash to convert foodstuffs such as maize and sugar into fuel, which created a recipe for disaster.

    Food price rises

    It was, he said, a crime against humanity to divert arable land to the production of crops which are then burned for fuel.

    He called for a five-year ban on the practice.

    Within that time, according to Mr Ziegler, technological advances would enable the use of agricultural waste, such as corn cobs and banana leaves, rather than crops themselves to produce fuel.

    The growth in the production of biofuels has been driven, in part, by the desire to find less environmentally-damaging alternatives to oil.

    The United States is also keen to reduce its reliance on oil imported from politically unstable regions.

    But the trend has contributed to a sharp rise in food prices as farmers, particularly in the US, switch production from wheat and soya to corn, which is then turned into ethanol.

    Mr Ziegler is not alone in warning of the problem.

    The IMF last week voiced concern that the increasing global reliance on grain as a source of fuel could have serious implications for the world's poor.

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    There was a guy talking about this on my radio station last week. There are still a lot of things that need to be worked out about biofuel. In the meantime, the usual robber barons have already scooped up much of the power and profits while preventing real progress from being made.

    And I don't believe "The United States is also keen to reduce its reliance on oil imported from politically unstable regions." Don't believe it for a second.

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    Oops. That should read "crops."

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    I read it as "cop used for biofuels" and was thinking it definitely is a crime, lol.

    I don't have an opinion in the matter, really. It seems like a messed up situation any way you look at it.

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    ziegler is also a uni professor here. i'm at the UN a lot for work at the human rights council and that's where he first presents his reports, before new york. he definitely makes a good case against biofuel. his main focus is right to food but it's also a bad idea for environmental reasons. yes, they're an alternative to oil but the crops grown to produce it cause a lot of pollution and deforestation. in brazil the military dictatorship turned to bio-fuel for purely economical reasons and to reduce the dependency on oil but it's also one of the main causes behind deforestation in the amazon.
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