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Biofuel rush harmful, Oxfam warns

The rush for biofuels could harm the world's poorest people, Oxfam has said.
In a new report, the UK aid charity appears to be joining a growing chorus of concern about the side-effects of Europe's drive to get fuel from plants.

The European Union wants to cut the CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels and has demanded that 10% of all transport fuels should come from plants by 2020.

But Oxfam warns poor farmers risk being forced off their land as industrial farmers cash in on the biofuel bonanza.

'Biofuel pie'

Its report says to meet the rise in demand, the EU will have to import biofuels made from crops like sugar cane and palm oil from developing countries.

The rush by big companies and governments in Indonesia, Colombia, Brazil, Tanzania and Malaysia to win a slice of the "EU biofuel pie" threatens to force poor people from their land, it adds.

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Added: Nov-1-2007 
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  • The current issue of National Geographic has a a good article on bio fuels. There are better sources than corn like sugar cane, saw grass and even algae. Sounds very promising. I say make oil obsolete and let OPEC turn back into sand parking lots.

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  • Bio-fuel scares the shit out of me. It is already taking a huge toll on habitat and the price of other farm goods. Everyone should take 3 giant steps backward and look at this issue before jumping in with both feet, like many have.

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  • oxfam? a scum organisation that took the fun out of charity shopping by putting tiffiny price tags on second hand clothes...scum organisation that stole any thrill thrift shop shopping had.ask how much these bloodless joyless fuhrers pay themselves? i hate this organisation for blanching thrift shop visits. i never use them and always giver my money to other places with interesting stuff at non arrogant prices. oxfam ? i hope they starve. killjoy middleclass cynical scumbag concern that they are More..

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  • Ripnem: "Bio-fuel scares the shit out of me. It is already taking a huge toll on habitat and the price of other farm goods. Everyone should take 3 giant steps backward and look at this issue before jumping in with both feet, like many have."
    100% agreement.

    Food prices are skyrocketing, due in part to this rush to biofuel.

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