Bad News for Biofuels: Five-Year Moratorium Proposed

BBC News: Biofuels ‘crime against humanity’. ‘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.’

IMF Survey: Biofuel Demand Pushes Up Food Prices. ‘Futures markets indicate that high prices are likely to continue over the medium term, providing incentives for a surge in biofuel production as a supplement to transportation fuels. This, together with droughts and animal diseases, has pushed up food prices and inflation across the globe.’

UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food

BBC News Quick Guide on Biofuels


  1. Hey,

    I’d like to add bio-fuels to my site (which hopefully people will recognise as ironic) but I’m thinking that they’re not the best way to go. Rather than cure the symptom, we should be looking at the cause of the problem which is our transport systems.

    Our over reliance on personal vehicles is what’s causing the problem, let’s fix that THEN worry about destroying eco-systems by planting millions of hectares of bio-fuels.

  2. David Mills says

    Nothing wrong with bio-fuels. We just shouldn’t be using food. Algae can be grown at a much higher density, and there’s certainly nothing wrong with using corn cobs and other detritus.

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