Bio-fuel threatens rainforests


Palm oil prices jumped in
September and are predicted to rise 20 per cent next year while
global demand for biofuels is now rising at 25 per cent a year.

Environmentalists are calling for sustainable cropping

Roger Higman of Friends of the
Earth UK, which backs biofuels, says: “We need to ensure that the crops
used to make the fuel have been grown in a sustainable way or we will
have rainforests cleared for palm oil plantations to make bio-diesel.”

New Scientist, 19/11/2005, p. 19


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