Oxfam has re-iterated what many people have been saying for a while that so-called “green policies” in developed countries are contributing to the world’s soaring food prices, which hit the poor hardest.
Also the aid agency is arguing that biofuels will do nothing to combat climate change. Because of this its report urges the EU to scrap a target of making 10% of all transport run on renewable resources by 2020. Oxfam actually estimates the EU’s target could multiply carbon emissions 70-fold by 2020 by changing the use of land.
The report’s author, Oxfam’s biofuel policy adviser Rob Bailey, criticised rich countries for using subsidies and tax breaks to encourage the use of food crops for alternative sources of energy like ethanol. “If the fuel value for a crop exceeds its food value, then it will be used for fuel instead. Rich countries… are making climate change worse, not better, they are stealing crops and land away from food production, and they are destroying millions of livelihoods in the process.”
But will the politicians listen to Oxfam? I doubt it…