Thursday, June 11, 2009


Jatropha has been hailed as the "miracle" biofuel crop which can be grown on so-called "marginal lands" without agricultural chemicals ( fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides, etc.) and without water.

However, seceral studies, reports and field-experiences have clearly demonstrated that jatropha cannot profitably be grown in so-called "marginal" land, without inputs such as water, fertilisers, etc., and that to be economically profitable, jatropha would have to be grown on FERTILE lands using irrigation and costly fertilizers, thus directly compromising food security and trapping both farmers and producing countries in yet another monoculture vicious trap cycle of debt and poverty while destroying the environnement through the usage of chemical fertilisers and GMO's.

My main concern over using Jatropha as a biofuel, is the serious threat it poses to both food security in so-called Third World countries, where millions of hectares of fertile land are being diverted for the production of jatropha at the expense of food crops.

Please see the latest released report By Friends of the Earth at the following link:

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