Canadian company one of several clearing land in Africa to grow biofuel crops

A new report from Friends of Earth is taking aim at several companies — including Canada’s Kimminic Corp. of Mississauga — for buying up land in Africa and clearing it so biofuel crops can be grown. The group claims that Kimminic has purchased 13,000 hectares of land in Ghana that will be used to grow Jatropha, which produces an oil that can be used to make biodiesel. “Non-edible agrofuel crops such as jatropha are competing directly with food crops for fertile land. The result threatens food supplies in poor communities and pushes up the cost of available food. Farmers who switch to agrofuel crops run the risk of being unable to feed their families. While foreign companies pay lip service to the need for ‘sustainable development’, agrofuel production and demand for land is resulting in the loss of pasture and forests, destroying natural habitat and probably causing an increase┬áin greenhouse gas emissions,” according to the report. It also warns that these fuel crops are consumer water in regions that are already struggled with water scarcity.

Biofuels can be a good thing and part of the fight against climate change, but not if produced irresponsibly.

3 thoughts on “Canadian company one of several clearing land in Africa to grow biofuel crops”

  1. Biofuel is only acceptable if derived from byproducts of existing activities.

    If we pay for biofuels soon every third world country will be one big biofuel plantation to produce fuel for the other 10% of the world population.

    Human’s have enough reasons to strip mine the world of anything and everything useful (or not useful) lets not add sustainable fuel to that list of reasons.

  2. Bio-fuel is a good alternative to fossil fuels but at the same time the issues faced while producing the bio-fuels can not be neglected. Here, the Government should intervene and maintain the balance in the production of edible crops and non-edible crops like jatropha, by allotting a separate lands for the production of both types of crops, by pricing the crops accordingly, making loans available for purchasing lands at different rates for the production of both types of crops, etc.

    I think it is high time we started taking nature and our planet earth seriously and do our bit about environment, sustainability, climate change, biodiversity, clean energy, green living and so on. One great place to start would be http://www.elpis.com. Elpis is an online community focused on responsible living and sustainable growth. You can measure, reduce and offset your carbon footprint; set up petitions, volunteering and fundraising projects for your favourite causes; help create action plans for sustainable communities; buy a range of eco friendly products and services; and network with other people who share a common interest in a low carbon, responsible lifestyle.

  3. Tyler,

    Just noticed under your “cool canadian companies” category, you are missing my employer located in Leamington, Ontario: New Energy Farms. We are focussed on Miscanthus grass for biomass for fuel and future markets to produce ethanol and car parts.

    From our website (www.newenergyfarms.com) :
    “New Energy Farms Group is the pioneer for Miscanthus in North America and the EU. New Energy Farms (NEF) is a developer, producer and supplier of Miscanthus Biomass Fuels, with a unique system for rapid propagation for multiplication of Miscanthus. New Energy Farms stands as a leader in the Miscanthus market. This has been attained through relationships with genetics providers for new cultivars. New Energy Farms is now the leader with the largest portfolio of plant material ready for use within North America and the EU.”

    Gerald

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