Archive for Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Rise of biofuel crops threatens native tribes

May 15, 2007


— Indigenous people are being pushed off their lands to make way for an expansion of biofuel crops around the world, threatening to destroy their cultures by forcing them into big cities, the head of a U.N. panel said Monday.

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, chairwoman of the U.N. Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, said some of the native people most at risk live in Indonesia and Malaysia, which together produce 80 percent of the world's palm oil - one of the crops used to make biofuels.

She said there are few statistics showing how many people are at risk of losing their lands, but in one Indonesian province the U.N. has identified 5 million indigenous people who will likely be displaced because of biofuel crop expansion.

"The speed with which this is happening we don't really realize in our part of the world," Ida Nicolaisen, an expert in indigenous cultures and member of the U.N. forum, said at a news conference. "Because the technology we have today and the economic resources that are at stake are so big, it happens overnight."


Linda Endicott 10 years, 8 months ago

Couldn't they just add some kind of electronic device to hybrids so that they would make noise, even if they weren't using fuel at the time? Seems like a simple enough thing to do.

bearded_gnome 10 years, 8 months ago

thank you greeniewheenies! ever heard of the law of unintended consequences?

and the new part-time quiet cars running part-time on electric endanger blind peds who can't hear them like normal cars in order to avoid for SAFETY!

the price of tortillas in mexico has risen dramaticly because of this biofuel craze. okay, ENOUGH NOW!

bearded_gnome 10 years, 8 months ago

yes, they could add a whistle or sound source, but will they, or will people have to die first?

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