Saturday, September 20, 2008

I hate sugar and sugar cane

"In spite of overwhelming criticism of agrofuels as a 'solution' to climate change, sugarcane ethanol is often seen as the one more positive exception. The Brazilian government is lobbying hard in Brussels in favour of high EU agrofuel targets and for better market access for sugarcane ethanol. However, sugarcane is far from a sustainable source of energy. Certification initiatives such as the 'Better Sugarcane Initiative' are top down approaches that lack support from small producers or affected communities."

Sugar cane, what a crop: a history tainted by the slave trade, environmental destruction, near slavery labor practices, and obesity and diabetes. And now biofuels.

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