Mark Lynas Article
- Excellent article on biofuels by Mark Lynas on the New Statesman
website (subscriptions only - I've seen a copy, though). It will be
in print next week. He mentions our website, too.
I hope everybody looking at this yahoo group will be able to read it!
I would say that Mark Lynas gives a well-researched, excellent and
frightening summary of the unregulated, profit-driven biofuels
expansion we are now seeing. My only query is whether George
Monbiot is right in saying (as quoted in this article) that the EU
cannot stop imports of palm oil grown at the expense of rainforest
because that would breach WTO treaties. The information we have
seen so far suggests that such import bans might well be legal under
WTO regulations, provided they are done according to transparent and
research-based environmental criteria. I am also concerned whether
the EU's stance has less to do with existint WTO regulations and
more with industry lobbying for even more 'liberalised' future WTO
regulations which would do away with those environmental safeguards
that still exist (some frightening proposals to ban environmental
lableling, for example were on the table at the recent WTO talks,
This is quite an important point. Has any reader got some more
detailed relevant knowledge of WTO law? None of us organising the
website have any background in international trade regulations/law -
so any contacts, suggestions, etc would be really helpful! Thanks.