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The Hunger Grains: The fight is on. Time to scrap EU biofuel mandates.

The Hunger Grains: The fight is on. Time to scrap EU biofuel mandates.
33 pages

Kelly, Ruth

Publication date
17 Sep 2012


Oxfam International

Briefing paper

EU biofuel mandates, a subsidy to big business that could cost every adult about €30 each year by 2020, deprive millions of people of food, land and water. Countries with poor protection of land rights are magnets for land deals—most of which are to grow crops that can be used for biofuels. If the land used to produce biofuels for the EU in 2008 had been used to produce wheat and maize instead, it could have fed 127 million people for the entire year. It is completely unacceptable that we are burning food in our petrol tanks while poor families go hungry. EU governments have it within their power to make a difference to the lives of millions of hungry people. It’s time to scrap EU biofuel mandates.