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de Brún chairs EU Conference on Climate Change and Food Supply

13 November, 2008 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has today chaired a prestigious conference in the European Parliament dealing with the issue of biofuels, food security and climate change.

Speaking at the conference Ms de Brún said:

"The theme is very topical given the proposed EU climate and energy legislation. The conference is entitled 'Feeding the World under Climate Threat?' and will look at agriculture, including biofuels, its impact on climate change and the contribution agriculture can make to tackling global warming.

"The conference heard from both sides of the biofuels argument today. Climate change targets must be met so the question is what role do biofuels play in meeting the necessary targets for carbon emission reductions? Today we had experts from across Europe and from different points of view give their opinion in an atmosphere of friendly debate. I was delighted to chair such an interesting and important conference."

The conference heard speakers from Sweden who are involved with biofuel production and are working to develop sustainability criteria as well as those who take a much more critical approach, such as Robert Bailey from Oxfam, who said: "Biofuel policies have dragged more than 30 million people into poverty, and have contributed to the global rise in food prices." ENDS

Note to Editors

Ms de Brún is a member of the European Parliament Environment Committee and the Temporary Committee on Climate Change.

She recently attended the AFBI conference in Newcastle on the issue of renewable energy and agriculture.

Ms de Brún will also attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Poznan, Poland in December.

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