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World Food Availability And Biofuels

EDM number 1434 in 2007-08, proposed by Rudi Vis on 28/04/2008.
Categorised under the topics of Agriculture, Energy, Food and International development.

That this House notes the frequent reports of a worsening world food crisis; further notes the UK Chief Scientist's warning over this and that biofuel programmes have delivered a `major shock' to world food prices; further notes that over 25,000 people die of hunger-related causes daily, and that the caloric intake of the poorest falls by 0.5 per cent. with every one per cent. rise in food prices, according to the World Bank; further notes a World Food Programme spokesman's comment that there is now `a very great emergency crisis' in Asia, with rice prices rising 50 per cent. in one fortnight in this spring 2008, commodities being interlinked; further notes the dramatic upsurge in South American deforestation rates in 2007, linked to the food commodities shock; further notes the EU Joint Research Centre's comments in its report, Biofuels in the European Context, that `the costs of EU biofuels outweigh the benefits', irrespective of a switch towards second generation cellulosic biofuels, and that greater emissions savings can be achieved by not having a biofuel target, which may not even save emissions if the resulting deforestation and other consequences are considered; therefore echoes the calls by the Environmental Audit Committee and Defra's Chief Scientific Adviser for a moratorium on the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation; further calls on the Government to suspend support for directly target-based incentives for biofuels in European legislation, namely in the EU Renewable Energy Directive and the EU Fuel Quality Directive; and urges a wider pullback in biofuel programmes, including in the US, in order to achieve substantial food price rise reversals.

This motion has been signed by a total of 31 MPs.

Rudi Vis28/04/2008Finchley and Golders GreenLabourProposed
Bob Spink28/04/2008Castle PointUKIPSeconded
Michael Connarty28/04/2008Linlithgow and East FalkirkLabourSeconded
Bob Russell28/04/2008ColchesterLiberal DemocratSeconded
Peter Bottomley28/04/2008Worthing WestConservativeSeconded
Mark Durkan28/04/2008FoyleSocial Democratic and Labour PartySeconded
Mike Hancock29/04/2008Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Ann Cryer29/04/2008KeighleyLabourSigned
Martin Caton29/04/2008GowerLabourSigned
Alan Meale29/04/2008MansfieldLabourSigned
Greg Knight29/04/2008East YorkshireConservativeSigned
David Simpson29/04/2008Upper BannDUPSigned
John Hemming30/04/2008Birmingham, YardleyLiberal DemocratSigned
Paul Flynn30/04/2008Newport WestLabourSigned
Jeremy Corbyn30/04/2008Islington NorthLabourSigned
Ronnie Campbell30/04/2008Blyth ValleyLabourSigned
Colin Burgon30/04/2008ElmetLabourSigned
Lindsay Hoyle30/04/2008ChorleyLabourSigned
Bill Etherington01/05/2008Sunderland NorthLabourSigned
Alasdair McDonnell06/05/2008Belfast SouthSocial Democratic and Labour PartySigned
Nigel Griffiths07/05/2008Edinburgh SouthLabourSigned
Dai Davies08/05/2008Blaenau GwentIndependentSigned
Janet Dean08/05/2008BurtonLabourSigned
Michael Clapham08/05/2008Barnsley West and PenistoneLabourSigned
Kelvin Hopkins09/05/2008Luton NorthLabourSigned
Eric Illsley09/05/2008Barnsley CentralLabourSigned
Katy Clark12/05/2008North Ayrshire and ArranLabourSigned
Brian Jenkins13/05/2008TamworthLabourSigned
David Crausby14/05/2008Bolton North EastLabourSigned
Adam Price15/05/2008Carmarthen East and DinefwrPlaid CymruSigned
David Hamilton02/06/2008MidlothianLabourSigned

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