FAO Study: The Right to Food and the Impact of Liquid Biofuels (Agrofuels)


30 May 2008: This UN Food and Agriculture Organization study

examines the impact of biofuel production on the human rights to adequate food

and to be free from hunger. It was authored by Asbjørn Eide, senior fellow of the

Norwegian Center for Human Rights at the University of Oslo, and seeks to

contribute to the present discussion on soaring food prices, climate change and


It explores the extent to which biofuel production has undermined, or

is likely in the future to undermine, access to food for vulnerable people, and

whether there are any overriding ethical concerns that can justify biofuel

production, even if it harms access to food. It also examines if there are ways

in which liquid biofuel production can be made compatible with full respect for

the right to adequate food for all. [The study]