Smithfield’s sickening activities in Mexico
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Until the March 2009, the village of La Gloria in the cactus-filled hills of Mexico’s Sierra Madre was like any other neglected community in the country. However, since April 27 – when Mexico’s health minister told the world that the community of 3,000 was home to the earliest known case of the Mexican flu – events have taken a startling turn.

The climate problem is a food problem
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Potatoes in Greenland, olives in the south of England, bell peppers grown outside of greenhouses in the Netherlands. The warmer weather offers possibilities. Furthermore, thanks to the mild winters, we can start growing our crops a few weeks earlier than we used to. And a higher level of CO2 also ensures a quicker growth rate and higher profits. This is the good news.

In reality, climate change is also dangerous for food production. Also, agriculture contributes heftily to the emission of greenhouse gases. Both these effects will be discussed in the following paragraphs.

Brochure: ¨Agrofuel, no cure for oil addiction and climate change¨
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– About equal distribution of land and energy and sustainable consumption.”

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This is the long title of a new brochure produced by A SEED. Besides explaining the many aspect of agrofuel related problems it, the brochure is mentioning ways to go to reduce the emission of greenhouse gasses and to live with a radical lower energy use.
You can read the brochure on-line print the higher resolution pdf-file version. Or try to obtain a paper version.
Small version (72dpi, 8.8 MB, to read on a screen)
Large version (150dpi, 31.8 MB, to print)

Besides in English version there is also a version in German: “Agrotreibstoffe, kein Mittel gegen Ölabhängigkeit und Klimawandel. – Für eine gerechte Verteilung von Land un Energie sowie ein nachhaltiges Konsumverhalten”

Agrofuels: Out of the frying pan into the fire
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Why the production of agrofuels offers no solution to global climate problems, but rather creates and intensifies already existing  social and ecological problems. With cases about sugar cane in Brazil, soy in Paraguay and oil palms in Colombia.

Agrofuel from the soy desert
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Agrofuel (often called biofuels0 is often in the news, due to instability in oil producing areas, high oil prices, dwindling reserves and also because a few countries want to do something about climate change, at least in theory. After all, it would be great if we could use all sorts of plant materials to make useable fuels. Many governments, including the Dutch, want to promote its production and use, partly by lowering excise duties on it. The European Commission wants to subsidise the cultivation of sugar beet for ethanol and lower the import tariffs for bio fuels. Car producers are working on models that can run on all sorts of alternative fuels.

The Forgotten Arguments
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— link to FOEI movie: "The Agrofuel Myth" (spring 2009) —

Because of the increasing production of soy in South America millions of hectares of rainforest  and savanna are being destroyed. For this reason WWF started a campaign for sustainable soy production. The disappearance of forest and savanna is definitely a big disaster, but in the WWF initiative, many crucial issues are being ignored or put aside:

The Soy Campaign
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A SEED’s soy campaign questions large scale soy production in South America and supports sustainable and local food production in Europe. The campaign has the following goals: To inform the general public about the social and ecological effects of the massive soy production in Latin America; land conflicts, violence, rising … verder lezen

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