Spain steps forward to defend biofuels

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Spain has joined Brazil and United States in its support for the use of biofuels and mains that is not the main cause of hunger in the world.

16 July 2008

MADRID - Spain has joined Brazil and the United States in its support for the use of biofuels. Despite the widespread criticism of the effect that the energy source has on food prices, the government maintains that it is not the main cause of hunger in the world.

"Gas does push prices up, because the collection and transport of crops is closely linked to the price of food," the environment secretary Josep Puxeu said Tuesday.

"But no one says that the rise in gas prices causes more hunger - they blame it instead on biofuels, which make up a very small percentage."

Biofuels currently constitute 1.9 percent of fuel used in Spain for transportation, a figure that the law will aim to see rise to 5.83 percent by 2010. If a European directive currently being passed is successful, that figure should rise to 10 percent by 2020.

[El Pais / Expatica]

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