UN Official Calls for Halt in Biofuels Production

A request for a moratorium on biofuels.

Published on: Oct 29, 2007

According to an Associated Press report, the United Nations' expert on the right to food, Jean Ziegler, on Friday asked for a five year moratorium on the production of biofuels. The report says he calls the use of food crops for fuel a "crime against humanity" saying that it causes food shortages and price jumps that cause millions of people to go hungry. His reasoning for the moratorium is that in five years, research in using agricultural byproducts and waste for fuel production will be viable.