UN head calls for balanced approach to biofuels

By | January 01, 2008
Conflicting reports and statements by various United Nations officials regarding biofuels and their impact on food and world hunger led Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to issue a statement about the matter in November. Ki-Moon was in Brazil on an official trip focused on climate change. "Clearly, biofuels have great potential for good and perhaps also for harm," he said. "It is up to national governments to responsibly balance the social costs and benefits." He said research into renewable technologies should continue. At the same time, issues of food security through pricing and other sustainability matters should be looked at.