Food-based biofuels: cure worse than the disease

Instead of helping the environment, most biofuels actually hurt it. For example palm-oil biodiesel releases three times the greenhouse gases emissions of fossil diesel. Despite that, it’s used more and more to fuel European diesel cars and trucks. And drivers don’t know they are burning palm.

Today, biofuels are mainly made from food crops and need large areas of land to be produced. Since most agricultural land is already being used to produce food for people, new areas have to be found to meet the ever-increasing demand for food and animal feed.

This leads to deforestation and draining of rich ecosystems, releasing tonnes of greenhouse gases.

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