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Debunking Myths on Biofuels

Submitted by on May 20, 2010 – 8:11 amNo Comment

by Angie Chui (Manilla Bulletin)  Biofuels should not be viewed as a threat to food security. Instead, it should be considered a boone to the industry if the Brazilian experience is any indication.

According to diplomat Andre Amado, many perceive the cultivation of biofuels as the culprit for food shortages in poor countries because of the assumption that the food crops would be replaced for biofuels production. However, even data from Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) negate this misconception as only one percent of the cultivated areas in these countries are used for biofuels crops.

“The Brazilian example actually vindicates how biofuels may contribute to strengthening food security. In Brazil, biofuels production increases agricultural productivity as a whole, through a competitive production chain and improvements in infrastructure such as ports, highways, railways, and others,” he said.

…A balanced and modern agriculture plan entails the use of proper technology, careful allotment of land use, adequate technical assistance provided and agroecological zoning plan.  READ MORE

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