Paving the way for agrofuels. EU policy, sustainability criteria and climate calculations

[img_assist|nid=142|title=|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=106|height=150]A critical discussion on the sustainability of agrofuels, and on current attempts by the EU and EU member states to develop criteria to guarantee that sustainability.
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The report concludes that current initiatives are bound to fail, and merely serve to legitimise the 10% agrofuel target that is being proposed. The EU itself only talks about criteria on two issues. The discussion in member states like the UK and the Netherlands is very focused on existing voluntary certification initiatives such as the Forest Stewardship Council, the Round Table on Sustainable Palmoil and the Round Table on Responsible Soy, but ignores the criticism on these schemes regarding effectiveness and whose interests are being represented.

Round Table set to certify damaging soy, new report shows

[img_assist|nid=152|title=|desc=|link=url|url=|align=left|width=150|height=131]The Round Table on Responsible Soy is seeking to legitimise irresponsible, socially and environmentally damaging soy production, according to a new report published today (Tuesday 22 April) ahead of the Round Table on Responsible Soy’s third conference in Buenos Aires.

Agrofuels: Towards a reality check in nine key areas

[img_assist|nid=130|title=|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=106|height=150]This paper sets out critical concerns regarding the current push to develop agrofuels in transport, especially in industrialised countries. We call ‘biofuels’ here ‘agrofuels’, in line with the opinion of the Via Campesina, for example, who declared that: “We can’t call this a ‘bio-fuels program’. We certainly can’t call it a ‘bio-diesel program’. Such phrases use the prefix ‘bio’ to subtly imply that the energy in question comes from ‘life’ in general.This is illegitimate and manipulative. We need to find a term in every language that describes the situation more accurately, a term like agro-fuel. This term refers specifically to energy created from plant products grown through agriculture.”

The ugly truth behind the agro-industry, what you eat and what it does to Europe and South America.

[img_assist|nid=126|title=|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=150|height=106]This reader you find in attachment focuses on the implications of the ever-growing production and consumption of meat. We follow a pig from the industrialized European farm all the way back to the soy fields in South America where the feed is produced. The journey examines the various problems in the agricultural sector, exposing the underlying structures and the role of international policies.

Refugees of the Agro-export model

[img_assist|nid=168|title=|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=106|height=150]Refugees of the Agro-export model is a publication resulting from an extensive field research brought about in 2006 in Paraguayan campesino communities surrounded by soy monocultures. This interdisciplinary study shows a dynamic of empoverishment and degeneration of the ways of life of rural families which causes rural expulsion and migration to cities. The investigation was done in communities in different parts in the country and in the outskirts of the cities Asunción, Ciudad del Este and Caaguazú with the objective to compare living conditions before and after migration.

United Soy Republics. The truth about soy production in South America.

[img_assist|nid=167|title=|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=104|height=150]This book is a compilation of essays and investigations carried out by a network of Latin American activists and researchers. This compilation depicts the current status of the GLOBAL SOY MODEL that dominates the Southern Cone.
Javiera Rulli, editor of this compilation, defines the introduction of the soy model as a war against the population, the emptying of the countryside, and the elimination of our collective memory in order to shoehorn people into towns and convert them into faithful consumers of whatever the market provides. The impacts of this model go beyond the borders of the new Soy Republics. The dehumanisation of agriculture and the depopulation of rural areas for the benefit of the corporations is increasing in the North and in the South.

Paraguay Sojero

[img_assist|nid=33|title=|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=103|height=150] The report 'Paraguay Sojero' exposes the reality of the agroexport model as applied in countries like Paraguay, for its rural population. It provides detailed examples of how people's lives and environments are destroyed by the advancement of 'green deserts', in this case soy plantations. It also shows how these people are resisting and fighting for another way of life.
This report is one of the few materials that exist in English about Paraguay even though it is the 4th largest soy exporter worldwide.

'Paraguay Sojero' is published by Grupo de Reflexion Rural (Argentina) and was presented at the 8th Conference of the Parties to the Biodiversity Convention in Curitiba (Brazil), March 2006.

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