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[PDF] Fuelling destruction in Latin America

Author: Friends of the Earth, Published on: 10 September 2008

Rapid expansion in the use of agricultural crops as a transport fuel has been justified in Northern countries as a prodevelopment policy that will help bring developing countries out of poverty...No other region has embraced this idea as much as Latin America...The crucial issue is whether these claims are correct and justified. Do the majority of farmers and peasants in these countries find themselves being assisted out of poverty and does the production of soy, sugarcane and palm oil increase employment? Are the crops really being grown sustainably and does the production of agrofuels indeed not compete with food supplies?...This report looks into these questions and issues for...Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Colombia...Costa Rica, El Salvador and Guatemala. It reports on the social, environmental and human rights impacts of the current agrofuel developments. [refers to Cargill, Bunge, Noble Group, BASF, Bayer, Syngenta, Glencore, Nidera, Louis Dreyfus, Oil Fox, Neckermann-Gate, Lurgi, Monsanto, Botnia, ENCE, Stora Enso, Akuo Energy, Ecofuel, Renova, Repsol, PDVSA, Petrobras, Weyerhaeuser, Palmadó, Palmas, Palma de Curvaradó, Urapalma, Daabon, Famar, Buquebus, Teyma, Pandelco, COUSA (Compañía Oleaginosa Uruguaya SA), Gulf Ethanol, Carbosur, Factor CO2, Alur Alcoholes del Uruguay, Ecosol, Biocombustibles del Plata, Energías Biodegradables de Costa Rica, Southridge Enterprises,Bioenergía, Biosalva (Industrias de Biodiesel de El Salvador), Biocarburantes Manchegos, ICINSA] [we welcome any comments by companies mentioned in the report to post alongside it on our website]

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Related companies: Abengoa Akuo Energy BASF Bayer Bunge Carbosur Cargill CI Famar COUSA Daabon Organic ENCE Energías Biodegradables de Costa Rica Factor CO2 Famar (part of CI Famar) Glencore Louis Dreyfus Lurgi (part of Air Liquide) Metsä Fibre Oy (formerly Metsä-Botnia) Monsanto (part of Bayer) Nidera Noble Group Oil Fox Palmadó Palmas PDVSA (Petróleos de Venezuela) Petrobras Repsol YPF Syngenta Weyerhaeuser