EU LAWMAKERS FREEZE PLAN TO CAP FOOD FOR FUEL
On Wednesday, the European Commission halted a plan to cap the production of food for fuel. Though the Commission had initially encouraged the production of biofuels, seeing them as a means to reduce carbon emissions and cut Europe’s dependence on imported oil, concerns that using food for fuel would inflate global food prices caused EU lawmakers to propose a cap on biofuel growth. On Wednesday, however, the Commission again changed direction when it failed to give the go-ahead for the creation of a plan to implement the cap. Agricultural and biofuel organizations have called for “solid and verifiable scientific evidence” before such a cap could be instated, while other organizations, including Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth, have pointed out that the production of biofuels may in fact increase greenhouse gas emission as it drives deforestation to create land for crops. For the full story, see http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/10/17/us-eu-biofuels-idUKBRE99G0TV20131017, http://www.euractiv.com/sustainability/food-price-fears-push-eu-lawmake-news-530400, and http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/sep/08/uk-eu-biofuels-cap.