UN adviser calls for halt on biofuels investment

UN adviser calls for halt on biofuels investment

New United Nations special adviser on food Olivier de Schutter has called for an immediate freeze on investment in biofuels – crops which can be converted into energy, instead of food.

Mr de Schutter says the pursuit of biofuels is contributing to a global food crisis threatening 100 million of the world’s poorest people.

He has described it as a massive violation of basic rights and called for a special session of the UN Human Rights Council to tackle rising food prices and global shortages.

“I believe that any new investment in first-generation agri-fuels should be [frozen] immediately and that we should discuss in an open and transparent manner whether the current levels of production of bio-diesel, bio-ethanol – which are not so bio – should continue,” he said.

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