Oil Palm Biofuel Campaign Yielding Results

Indonesia's carbon rich rainforests should not be cleared to produce biofuelsThe global campaign to ensure biofuels are not produced at the expense of ancient rainforests appears to be yielding positive results, as these efforts are costing oil palm market share in Europe. EcoInternet's work has been instrumental to this success, as we were the first environmental organization to raise concerns regarding rainforest destruction and biofuel production [search]. Our latest efforts highlight murderous biofuel production in Colombia [alert]. It is nonsensical to grow a crop for its purported benefits in addressing climate change by clearing ancient rainforests thus releasing their carbon. Within an ever growing coalition, we have worked long and hard to raise awareness and build the campaign. Quite simply, there is not enough arable land, water or surplus food supplies to grow an appreciable share of the world's energy needs from biofuels; and by trying both climate and rainforests will be irrevocably destroyed.

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  1. It also should be considered whether growing biofuels is counter-productive to the aim of reducing man-made greenhouse gas emissions because of the amount of nitrous dioxide released during growing? There are some links to recent research on http://www.climatecheck.org

  2. David Loring says:

    Some Reflections
    Now, it is easy for the EU, the Wall Street Journal and the author to take pot shots at Malaysia and Indonesia for attempting to lift themselves up economically by cultivating palm oil for biofuels. In fact, the Malaysian Palm Oil Council issued a rebuttal to some topics reviewed in this story. And although some of it is ridiculous, it does point out obviously hypocritical things like this

  3. Biofuels says:

    Rising demand for food in China, India, and other rapidly growing developing countries is the result of reducing poverty and that, of course, is a good thing! Over the longer run, a big part of the answer is for donors and developing country governments to invest more in improving agricultural productivity, as recommended by World Bank President Zoellick in his speech at the Center last week. In terms of what can be done now, this post focuses on the food aid problem and the need to reform US policy. A…

  4. Jason says:

    In Ecuador most of our palm plantations grow on previously cleared agricultural land or logged secondary forests. For every tree that is cut 3 are planted.
    Yes, logging harms the environment. However, the biggest environmental disaster in Ecuador has been from oil exploration in the Amazon jungle.
    Our world is facing a serious energy crisis but demand remains high. Maybe instead of biofuel mandates and subsidies we need to find a way to reduce demand.
    Firms will do everything possible to meet demand; therefore, the solution is not to simply find an alternative source of energy, but to reduce demand.

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