Inquiry concludes that the production of biofuels to meet European directives violates human rights and damages the environment.

This article titled “Biofuels transport targets are unethical, inquiry finds” was written by Damian Carrington, for guardian.co.uk on Wednesday 13th April 2011 06.00 UTC

The legal requirement to put biofuels in petrol and diesel sold in the UK and Europe is unethical because their production violates human rights and damages the environment, a major new inquiry has concluded.

“Biofuels are one of the only renewable alternatives we have for transport fuels, but current policies and targets that encourage their uptake have backfired badly,” said Prof Joyce Tait, at Edinburgh University, who chaired the 18-month inquiry by the independent Nuffield Council on Bioethics (NCB). “The rapid expansion of biofuels production in the developing world has led to problems such as deforestation and the displacement of indigenous people.”

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