Sustainability as a smokescreen: The inadequacy of certifying fuels and feeds
Friends of the Earth
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Growing vast monocultures of sugarcane and soy causes serious environmental and social problems in developing countries like Latin America. The negative impacts of the large-scale growing of soy for cheap animal feed is already well documented. Now, more soy and increasing amounts of sugarcane are being grown to meet the growing demand for biofuels (agrofuels). As these are grown in intensive agricultural systems such as environmentally-damaging large-scale monoculture plantations, these are called agrofuels. In response to criticisms certification schemes have been promoted as a solution to manage or reduce these damaging impacts. Friends of the Earth Europe's new report is a study into six existing certification schemes to judge whether they would be effective in Latin America.
Added on 11 September 2008
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