New report on food and fuel

The Committee on World Food Security is a sub committee of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations. In a recent report  the mechanisms of the food price is analysed. In recent years the price has been “volatile”, i.e. unstable.

In the “Summary for Policy Makers” a list of eight recommendations are brought forward. On the subject of fuels it is written that:

“By generating a new demand for food commodities that can outbid poor countries and food-insecure populations, industrial biofuels highlight the tension between a potentially unlimited demand (in this case for energy) and the constraints of a world with finite resources.”

“Given the major roles played by biofuels in diverting food to energy use, the CFS should demand of governments the abolition of targets on biofuels and the removal of subsidies and tariffs on biofuel production and processing.”

When reading the background material I find that the main arguments for removing subsidies for biofuels is that in a conflict between biomass used for food and biomass used for fuel the energy sector all over the world can outbid the persons in need of food to limited prices.

The statements moves the biofuel discussion in a new direction and puts pressure on governments. Will this report change the politics in EU, US or Brazil?

About volvobuses

Adjunct Professor of Catalysis at Chalmers University of Technology. Lives in Gothenburg, Sweden, with my wife and three daughters born in 1991, 1994 and 1997. Is a passionate runner.
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