UN's pro biofuels stance an 'important milestone' for agriculture

SUSTAINABLE biofuel production can offer additional incomes for farmers as well as helping to achieve energy security, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) chief has said.

Speaking at theGlobal Forum for Food and Agriculture,the organisation’s director general José Graziano da Silva recognised the need for biofuels to address oil reliance and climate change and argued debate needed to focus on how biofuels can positively contribute to food production.

He said: “We need to move from the food versus fuel debate to a food and fuel debate…biofuels should not be simply seen as a threat or as a magical solution.”

The European Renewable Ethanol Association (ePURE) said the comments were an ‘important milestone’ in the debate around biofuels.

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