Mr. Ziegler said that he was "gravely concerned that biofuels will bring sudden hunger in their wake." He later referred to the practice of using food crops for biofuels as a "crime against humanity."
The response from around the world was swift urging the UN to disavow this report. Here is a roundup of the various comments:
The full letter is here.
In response yesterday, Bob Dineen, president of the Washington-based Renewable Fuels Association, joined a consortium of world biofuels leaders in calling on U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to review the claims made by Mr. Ziegler.
"The apocalyptic statements made by the special rapporteur, calling biofuels production a 'crime against humanity' and a 'recipe for disaster,' are not only unjustified but also unacceptable to those of us who contribute to this emerging industry and millions of people around the world who benefit from renewable biofuels every day," said the letter addressed to the U.N. secretary general, and signed by Mr. Dineen and representatives of the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association, the European Bioethanol Fuel Association and the Brazilian Sugar Cane Industry Association.