The biofuel debate is now a well-worn one, which came to a head between 2007 and mid-2008 when food prices soared to alarming levels. But behind the rhetoric, there is still much confusion and misinformation, with arguments often tainted by political and economic interests that lack a solid scientific basis. The anti-biofuels lobby argues that these do more harm than good, competing with food, water and other scarce natural resources. The pro-biofuels lobby contends that sufficient land exists, given modern agricultural practices, to produce both food and a reasonable amount of biofuels.

As the controversy continues to rage, a refreshingly unpartisan book seeks to debunk some of the myths and provide quality facts and figures. With perspectives from both pro and anti-biofuels experts and activists, from North and South, the book brings a balanced approach to the current debate.

Food versus Fuel An Informed Introduction to Biofuels
Edited by
F X Johnson
& F Rosillo-Calle
Zed, 2010. 218 pp.
ISBN 978-1-84813-383-9
GBP14.99 • €17.50
Zed Books
7 Cynthia Street
London N1 9JF
Fax: +44 (0)20 7833 3960

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