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Friends of the Earth Report on Biofuel Production Offers Incomplete, Outdated and Inaccurate Picture, According to Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association
Date:9/11/2008

ethanol is a highly successful and sustainable activity," counters Jank.

Even simple aspects are bungled in the Friends of the Earth report, says UNICA. It states that exports of Brazilian sugarcane ethanol to Europe are increasing, "especially to the Netherlands". The authors are apparently unaware of the fact that most ethanol exports to Europe enter the continent through Rotterdam, but are not necessarily destined for the Netherlands. Europe's top importer of Brazilian ethanol is Sweden.

Marcos Jank points out that when organizations insist on disseminating incomplete and out-of-context information, it is their own credibility that is at stake. "The Brazilian ethanol experience is the longest and most successful effort at large-scale, sustainable production and use of a biofuel in the world to date. That explains the hundreds of visits to Brazil in recent months by groups of government and elected officials, researchers, students, journalists and investors from all over the world. They come to take a closer look at what is being done here, and they go away with a far different view from what they read in some of these reports, so insisting on such tactics is a risky proposition for NGOs that wish to remain credible," concludes Jank.

A partial list of specific errors, unsubstantiated claims and conclusions in the Friends of the Earth report is available from the UNICA website at the following link:

http://www.unica.com.br/downloads/documents/factualerrors.pdf

Additional information is also available on the "Myths vs. Facts" leaflet produced by UNICA, available at this link:

http://www.unica.com.br/download.asp?mmdCode=407ED204-2194-4AF3-8652-

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SOURCE Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association - UNICA
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