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Title: Brazil pushes to expand ethanol industry with multiple international deals
Author: NotiSur writers
Subject(s): Brazil
ethanol
sugar
international agreements
corn
export
Chavez
Castro
environment
food prices
US
Lula
Bush
alternative
fuel
biodiesel
oil market
Condoleezza Rice
Celso Amorim
Petrobras
OPEC
Anti-American
sugar cane
MST
agriculture
livestock
environmental groups
policy
oil dependency
renewable
Ecuador
Italy
Asian countries
greenhouse gases
Eni
EU
FTAA
ethanol cartel
poverty
food for fuel
agroexport
ecosystem
Forum of Resistance to agribusiness
poverty
CPT
Amazon
rainforest
UN Environment Program
global warming
renewable crops
Abstract: Brazil's government has been aggressively promoting its ethanol industry, seeking to capitalize on high fuel costs by selling the fuel derived from various crops like corn and sugar. In the drive to triple the volume of ethanol exports, Brazil has signed multiple international energy agreements, most notably with the US, its biggest customer. President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's effort to expand ethanol production has faced criticism externally from Latin American leaders like Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez and Cuba's President Fidel Castro and internally from poor people's movements and environmentalists. Among these criticisms are assertions that using food crops for fuel could lead to a food-price crisis for millions of poor people and that monoculture could exacerbate Brazil's already-chronic economic inequality and environmental problems.
Date: 2007-04-27
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/10767

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