Bio-fuel not at cost of food security: FAO

October 4th, 2011 - 12:03 am ICT by IANS  

Jakarta, Oct 3 (IANS) The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Monday stressed that the need of bio-fuel should not be at the sacrifice of food security as the world should be alert against food scarcity.

Purushotam K. Mudbhary, senior policy officer at the Social, Economic and Policy Group of FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, said that every country has different policy towards bio-fuel, reported Xinhua.

“For example, India and China have policy that food should not be diverted into bio-fuel production.

Meanwhile, some countries expend some land areas for palm oil that are produced into biodiesel.

For example, Brazil has a lot of areas to produce ethanol from sugarcane,” he said in a discussion during the ASEAN Food Security Conference here.

He said that these countries make decisions based on their own policy.

“Decision of each country can be different. That’s why, it is very difficult to provide certain figures on how much commodity we should provide for bio-fuel,” he said.

He added that the world needs to increase food production by 70 percent now.

“Therefore, basically we should not sacrifice food for bio-fuel,” said Mudbhary.

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