Moratorium on EU incentives for Agrofuels
Organisations and individuals around the world are extremely concerned about the way the EU is rushing into agrofuels and the signals this sends to the rest of the world to race into agrofuel production. The impacts are already serious worldwide. Millions of hectares are being designated for agrofuel production and export in Africa, Asia and South America. Indigenous peoples and local communities are being expelled from their land or forced into agrofuel production, forests and biodiversity are being destroyed. In many places no impact assessments have been carried out; land is simply being handed over to European companies to exploit for export to Europe. In Africa, land on which pastoralists depend is being treated as unused or degraded land suitable for agrofuel production. In other countries, companies are taking over the most fertile, well watered land for agrofuels and driving food production to dry, marginal lands.
In the autumn, the EU will hope to finish the process of putting its agrofuel targets into law and drafting certification rules to reassure consumers and justify this unprecedented new push for agrofuel monocultures.
We have to stop this process. This is why we need more organisations and
individuals to sign up to the call for an immediate moratorium on EU incentives for agrofuels, EU imports of agrofuels and EU agroenergy monocultures so that we can oppose the push more effectively.
Please think for a few moments about how to get more signatures.