"The 48-page report, 'Biofuel by Decree: Unmasking Burma's Bio-energy Fiasco,' was produced by the Ethnic Community Development Forum, a self-described alliance of seven community development organizations from Burma.Though not directly political, the groups are all associated with the exile-based opposition to Burma’s military government.The fiercely critical report, which says the biofuel policy hurts an already ailing agriculture industry, comes as biofuels draw intense scrutiny over whether their benefits in replacing petroleum fuels offset the resources they take from food production.The forum said the report is based on government documents and press accounts, as well as 131 interviews carried out in all seven states of Burma between November 2006 and April 2006.'A draconian campaign by Burma's military to grow 8 million acres of the Jatropha curcas tree for biofuel production is resulting in forced labor and land confiscation throughout the country, while evidence of crop failure and mismanagement expose the program as a fiasco,' alleges the report."
The speed with which the specter of famine appeared before us is nothing less than breathtaking. It reminds us yet again that flawed statist policies cause famines. A letter to the editor published in the FT compares the dire consequences of the Bill passed in Congress to Maoist China’s disastrous “Great Leap Forward.” Then, ideologues urged quick industrialization. Now, they demand green fuel.¿Son los biofuels un "nuevo salto adelante" como lo que quiso hacer la China de Mao? Porque a primera vista están provocando unos problemas semejantes...
I, and those who feel as I do about free markets, have long warned that government shoving biofuels down the collective throats of citizens was going to result in some serious unintended consequences. Those consequences are now manifesting themselves, and while the blame can’t be put entirely at the feet of biofuels there is absolutely no denying that biofuels are exacerbating an already bad situation.Yo, y todos los que pensamos como yo sobre los mercados libres, han advertido desde hace mucho sobre los efectos de hacer que la gente se trague los biofuels, porque iba a resultar en algunas consecuencias no queridas y serias. Estas consecuencias se están manifestando ahora por ellas mismas, y mientras la culpa no se puede poner enteramente bajo los pies de los biofuels, es claro que están exacerbando la situación.
Biofuel production is critical to meeting current and future fuel demand in spite of its possible role in driving up food prices, the west’s energy watchdog has warned.
Amid signs of a growing backlash against biofuels in the wake of the worst food price spike since the 1970s, the International Energy Agency said that the crop-based fuel was vital to meeting current and future demand.
THE emergence of the biofuels industry as a competitor for agricultural land is driving regional economies around the world to seek new opportunities and partnerships to feed their populations, according to European Union (EU) ambassador to SA Lodewijk Brië t.Announcing the EU investment programme for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) agri-industry on Friday, Bri ë t said he hoped the initiative would assist in creating strategic partnerships and opportunities that would go a long way to reducing the negative impact of increasing food and agricultural commodity prices internationally.The European Commission delegation to SA has made close to € 1,3 through the EU-SADC Investment Promotion Programme that has been set up to link EU-based investors to SADC-based producers, especially in the agri-industry.
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