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The use of bioethanol and biodiesel in motor vehicles is a misguided attempt to save the climate. The ugly reality is that "green" fuels are destroying rainforests, accelerating climate change and condemning millions to poverty and hunger.

Habitat destruction, land grabs, civil strife and rising food prices are the unintended consequences of bioethanol and biodiesel — the supposedly sustainable fuels of the future.

In most developed countries, production costs are high and arable land is scarce, so vast quantities of soy and palm oils and bioethanol are being imported from overseas to be used as an additive to fossil fuels. Skyrocketing demand is destroying delicate ecosystems as rainforest land is slashed and burned to make room for oil palm, soy and sugar cane monocultures. This deforestation is accelerating climate change by releasing billions of tons of CO2 into the atmosphere — by some estimates, deforestation has a greater impact on the climate than the world’s entire fleet of motor vehicles. Moreover, arable land is scarce, and its use for fuel crops is contributing to rising food prices and world hunger.

Rainforest Rescue’s mission is to raise awareness of these issues and call on governments to abandon their ill-considered biofuel policies.

Biofuels are anything but environmentally friendly.

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The Biofuture Platform: neither clean nor green

Policymakers and industries in more than 20 countries have signed on to a “Biofuture Platform” that would use biofuels, bioplastics and biomaterials as an alternative to fossil fuels. The consequences for land, food production, ecosystems and human rights would be dire.

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To: the governments of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Morocco, Mozambique, Netherlands, Paraguay, Philippines, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States and Uruguay

Reject the misguided Biofuture Platform and embrace real solutions such as reducing consumption, protecting ecosystems and promoting agroecology instead.

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