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Brazil rejects biofuels claims

Published:Thursday | April 17, 2008 | 12:40 PM

Brazil\'s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has rejected allegations that biofuels are responsible for the recent rise in global food prices.

He said food had become more expensive because people in developing countries were gaining greater access to it.

Mr. Lula was speaking at a conference of the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation in Brasilia.

A chorus of opposition to bio-fuels has been growing in different parts of the world in recent months.

Environmental groups and government ministers have all voiced concerns that the use of crops like sugar cane and corn to make fuel for cars could lead to a serious food crisis.