Large-scale biofuels production threatens biodiversity and food security

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Bird Life International

Wed, Oct 27, 2010

Large-scale biofuels production threatens biodiversity and food security

Current demand for biofuels is leading to conversion of natural habitats, on a huge and potentially catastrophic scale – often also causing displacement of indigenous and rural communities. The savings in greenhouse gas emissions are generally small, and may be negative, especially when conversion of natural habitats is involved.

Many countries have already mapped areas for potential large-scale biofuel production. However, there are few studies and policies in place to guide this. Most of the proposed biofuels production is being driven by renewable energy targets (e.g. European Renewable Energy Directive that requires member states to meet 10% of transport fuel from renewable sources by 2020), and would be exported rather than consumed nationally. ...

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