By Francois Houtart
Since they have been heralded as a key weapon within the struggle opposed to weather switch, agrofuels were criticised seriously for doing extra damage than solid because of deforestation and stealing agricultural land necessary to farmers within the constructing global. This ebook asks no matter if there's anywhere for agrofuels in a low-carbon future.
François Houtart argues that the fairway strength of agrofuels has been wasted by way of companies that placed gains above environmental security. This has ended in the absurd state of affairs the place an power resource that are supposed to be sustainable really raises human and ecological harm, easily a result of profit-maximising judgements of capitalists instead of a flaw within the proposal of agrofuels.
Students of improvement stories and environmental economics will locate that this e-book bargains a fascinating new point of view at the way forward for power.
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3 per cent of its primary forests, as against 69 per cent that had been conserved in Brazil. But it cannot be excluded that the agro-export model that the Brazilian political economy has always played a negative role in this field. Their fear is that protective measures in the silvicultural zones will be introduced by the WTO, thus making obstacles for agro-exports. This also probably has something to do with the official reaction of the Brazilian authorities. The lobby of the ‘ruralists’ is pressing for a reduction of the forestry code.
Brazilians are very sensitive when one brings up the subject, as it infringes their national sovereignty. It is understandable, seeing some plans from the United States proposing to make Amazonia an international zone for the protection of the climate. In 2007, a geography textbook, used particularly in secondary schools in California, showed the extension of this zone covering seven countries in the region and pointed out that they were incapable of preserving this heritage of all humanity and that others should take on the task.
The power of financial capital enables it to fix the rules of the game of the world economy, giving priority to financial yields, not only to the detriment of productive capital, but ignoring the social and ecological consequences which are more than ever considered as externalities. In brief, the type of consumption that results from neoliberal logic demands increased exploitation of natural resources, particularly in the field of energy. Multiple pollution is the result and the climate gradually deteriorates.
Agrofuels: Big Profits, Ruined Lives and Ecological Destruction by Francois Houtart