Comments:Brazilian President: not continuing to use biofuels would be a 'crime against humanity'
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Bio fuels are part of the problem not the solution
It is an unfortunate reality for developing countries like Brazil, but if we continue to clear any more rain forest we will destroy the most important eco system in the fight against climate change.
The Amazon has already lost over 232,000 square miles since the 1970's (Reference: http://rainforests.mongabay.com/amazon/amazon_destruction.html)
In any case, Bio fuels are not sustainable. To grow them requires huge amounts of fossil fuels, which equal the emissions reduction of the end product.
This is even worse in Brazil because any land that is cleared or forest that is destroyed in the process releases millions of tonnes of CO2 which will only increase global warming and worst still damage the eco system we need to combat it.
The short term economic interests of the Government of Brazil can not be put in front of these facts. It is a terrible situation but if we persist in trying to live way beyond the planets capabilities for much longer we will push the global temperature rise over the projected limit of 2 degrees. Any more than this and we will see the breakdown of all the eco systems which give us life.
It is true that Bio fuels are not the only reason that global food prices have increased by 80% in the last 2 years but as with all elements in an eco system, it is all connected. And to solve this crisis we must stand together and tackle each of the causes, even if this means countries like Brazil lose out in the short term.
If we act now put pressure on our governments and the global corporations who profit so handsomely then we will be doing a great justice to our children and the future of our planet. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.127.116.11 (talk) 22:18, 18 April 2008 (UTC)