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Biofuel 'to raise food demand'
Jun 23 2010
The warning comes from the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA), which notes that the materials used in biofuel must come from somewhere.
As the production of biofuel increases - with government targets one driving force behind this occurring - the supply of raw materials could come under some pressure.
The list of commodities that could be impacted as a result includes sugar, vegetable oil, coarse grains and wheat.
However, IEMA adds that, at present, it is not demand for crops that is growing the fastest, but demand for meat - particularly in developing economies where dietary tastes are changing.
Meanwhile, the Department of Energy and Climate Change notes that research into second-generation biofuel including wood, food waste and algae is helping to discover ways to relieve the anticipated pressure on crops for human consumption.
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