The politics of agrofuels
and mega-land and water deals: Insights from the ProCana case, Mozambique.
In January the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MIST), Honeywell's UOP, Boeing, and Etihad Airways announced plans to establish a salicornia plantation in the United Arab Emirates to produce agrofuel
Price increases and supply problems in the food sector have already been caused by agrofuel
We demand an immediate halt to the development of land for producing industrial agrofuels
for cars, planes and energy production in power stations, including the use of so-called biomass "waste".
The world food emergency "is a symptom of larger systemic failures, like the promotion of large-scale agrofuel
production and the corporate control of the food system," said Ndougou Fall, president of the West African farmers' organization Roppa.
In the long run, agrofuel
development will greatly speed up the global environmental destruction, desertification, and hunger.
Biofuels have their own EU directive, and in January last year, a mandatory target of ten per cent agrofuel
use in transport by 2020 was agreed.
expansion means more intensive agriculture and thus more agro-chemicals (including synthetic fertilizers).
Fueled by the international boom in ethanol agrofuel
, the cane giant acquired 5,000 hectares in the lush Polochic valley beginning in 2006, including the title to over 600 hectares that had been stolen from Canlun nearly forty years ago.
production can only exacerbate climate change, extending the agricultural frontier and is clearly unsustainable on this count alone, as the article Agroenergy Myths and Impacts reports (pp.
Or think about this: In a world where even before this historic price climb almost a billion people couldn't afford enough to eat, what citizen would say, "Why don't we start shifting prime farmland into agrofuel
production and push prices still higher
production also causes serious environmental problems.