[17 October 2012] BRUSSELS– The following note sets out, in question and answer (Q&A) format, the views of Olivier De Schutter, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, on the impacts of biofuels on food prices, food security and land concentration, and on ways that the EU and other States could sustainably regulate biofuels in the future.
The Special Rapporteur has examined a wide range of reports concerning the development of agroenergy over the past five years. He has also commissioned a study focused specifically on the relationship between agroenergy and the human right to adequate food. On 24-25 November 2011, he convened a multi-stakeholder meeting in Brussels to discuss agrofuels.
The majority of studies and views brought to the attention of the Special Rapporteur concern EU agrofuel policy; this Q&A likewise refers extensively to EU policy, while identifying concerns and drawing conclusions with implications for all regions as they design agrofuel policies and orientations now and in the future.
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