Anderson urges fellow MEPs to choose food over fuel

Sinn Fein MEP, Martina Anderson, has met with representatives of international development charity Trócaire to discuss the worrying implications of bio-fuel production on the developing world.

Martina Anderson said:

“We had a very useful meeting to explore the troubling repercussions of the current EU bio-fuel policy which is impacting negatively on some of the world’s poorest people.

“The EU has, up until now, heavily promoted its use and in the past two years we have seen a staggering five times increase in world bio-fuel production.

“EU bio-fuels targets have meant that domestic output has not been sufficient to meet demand, resulting in the outsourcing of bio-fuel production to developing countries. From Guatemala to countries across Africa, multinational operations are buying up vast swathes of indigenous land, growing crops for bio-fuels, to satisfy European and global demand.

“Re-directing resources such as land and water from food to fuel production is having a devastating effect on the developing world, worsening the spread of hunger and poverty as land use changes from feeding the developing world to fuelling the developed one.

“The eradication of global hunger must always take precedence over the greed of multi-national corporations and urgent action is needed. As the European Parliament prepares to vote on the issue in September, I would urge colleagues to heed the serious warnings from development agencies such as Trócaire and vote against any increase in bio-fuel use in Europe.”