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Agrofuels are a threat to food sovereignty
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The world is currently experiencing a new era of hunger. World Bank president Robert Zoelick warned on 2 April 2008 that in countries where people spend between 50 and 75% of their budget on food there is little margin for survival1. In Indonesia an increase on the price of rice by only 10% will push another 2 million people into poverty. Part of the responsibility also goes to the politically guided boom in the demand for biofuels, which competes with food production. Given the worldwide experiences so far and the reports of our partner organizations form Columbia, India, and Tanzania SWISSAID is against the industrial production of agrofuels for the international markets. It is perfectly clear to SWISSAID: biofuels fuel hunger. SWISSAID proposes to support an ecological form of agriculture for local markets with short routes of transportation and organic methods of production, which consume few fossil resources. SWISSAID demands a clear reversal of trends in energy policy in favor of greatly lower levels of energy consumption and the support of sustainable, renewable energies.
Added on 23 February 2009
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