The good people at Grain have just published one of the most comprehensive and thoughtful exposés of the biofuels scam. And they start by pointing out how the term ‘biofuels’ itself is, from the outset, a misdirection. As Eric Holt Gimenez has argued, the term ‘bio’ has connotations of life and nature – the very opposite of what agrofuels actually encourage. They’re more energy intensive, more disruptive to the environment, and spawn hunger.
Grain have assembled a series of fine articles on how agrofuels feed straight into the pockets of big agricultural oligopolies, as well as the devastating effects of agrofuels policy in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, one of the first homes of the agrofuels epidemic.