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Fuelling Europe, feeding the world: 5 things you need to know about food security and biofuels

26/05/2017

Some critics claim that renewable ethanol competes with food production and uses too much land. Let's look at the facts...

  • There is no ‘food vs fuel’ conflict. EU fuel ethanol production contributes to food supply
  • Biofuels production provides valuable income to EU farmers. It helps them to invest in farm productivity
  • Even as EU biofuels production has increased, global food prices have gone down
  • EU fuel ethanol production does not compete with food supply. Crops used to produce EU fuel ethanol are surplus and come from agricultural productivity improvements
  • Fuel ethanol production in Europe uses the equivalent of a small amount of land – and does not cause deforestation

Find out more in our new infographic.