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BBC World Service: The Price of Biofuels

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BBC World Service made an excellent radio documentary on the growing use of 'biofuels', and the impact in the South: Paraguay and its expanding soy plantations. BBC website: "Once, bio fuels were seen as the answer to global warming and dwindling oil stocks. Today, many who took that view, believe instead that they increase pollution - and are behind worldwide environmental havoc, rising food prices, and worsening hunger and poverty. For this documentary, investigative reporter Gerry Northam finds out exactly how much bio fuels cost and who is paying for it. He visits Paraguay, where the expansion of the soy industry has happened in tandem with the violent suppression of small farmers and indigenous communities." In Part Two of this radio documentary, broadcasted May 3rd 2010, Corporate Europe Observatory comments both on the situation in Paraguay, and on the way the agrofuel lobby in Brussels is trying to further delute the EU's so-called 'sustainability criteria'. Listen to Part one: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/documentaries/2010/03/100302_bio_fuels... Listen to Part two: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/documentaries/2010/04/100428_bio_fuels...
 
Scientific advice should be transparent, objective and independent, and there should be more science and more diverse expertise available to the European Commission’s President, a coalition of 28 international and national NGOs wrote in a letter addressed to President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker today (1).
A few observations on the debate sparked by our open letter on the position of Chief Scientific Advisor to the President of the European Commission, and on the need for proper scientific advice to EU legislators.
The position of Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission is problematic, concentrating too much influence in one person and undermining other Commission research and assessment processes. We ask Mr Juncker, the new President of the European Commission, to scrap the position.
David Cameron's nomination of a revolving door ex-lobbyist, Jonathan Hopkin Hill, as EU commissioner is bad news for Jean-Claude Juncker's newly-stated commitment to lobby transparency.

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