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BBC World Service: The Price of Biofuels

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BBC World Service made an excellent radio documentary on the growing use of 'biofuels', and the impact in the South: Paraguay and its expanding soy plantations. BBC website: "Once, bio fuels were seen as the answer to global warming and dwindling oil stocks. Today, many who took that view, believe instead that they increase pollution - and are behind worldwide environmental havoc, rising food prices, and worsening hunger and poverty. For this documentary, investigative reporter Gerry Northam finds out exactly how much bio fuels cost and who is paying for it. He visits Paraguay, where the expansion of the soy industry has happened in tandem with the violent suppression of small farmers and indigenous communities." In Part Two of this radio documentary, broadcasted May 3rd 2010, Corporate Europe Observatory comments both on the situation in Paraguay, and on the way the agrofuel lobby in Brussels is trying to further delute the EU's so-called 'sustainability criteria'. Listen to Part one: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/documentaries/2010/03/100302_bio_fuels... Listen to Part two: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/documentaries/2010/04/100428_bio_fuels...
 

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