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    Agrofuels: Big Profits, Ruined Lives and Ecological Destruction (Transnational Institute) (Paperback) By (author) François Houtart, Foreword by Vandana Shiva, Translated by Victoria Bawtree

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    DescriptionSince they were heralded as a key weapon in the fight against climate change, agrofuels have been criticised heavily for doing more harm than good due to deforestation and stealing agricultural land essential to farmers in the developing world. This book asks whether there is any place for agrofuels in a low-carbon future. Francois Houtart argues that the green potential of agrofuels has been wasted by businesses that put profits above environmental protection. This has led to the absurd situation where an energy source that should be sustainable actually increases human and ecological damage, simply due to the profit-maximising decisions of capitalists rather than a flaw in the concept of agrofuels. Students of development studies and environmental economics will find that this book offers an interesting new perspective on the future of energy.


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    Title
    Agrofuels
    Subtitle
    Big Profits, Ruined Lives and Ecological Destruction
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) François Houtart, Foreword by Vandana Shiva, Translated by Victoria Bawtree
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 208
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 215 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 249 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780745330129
    ISBN 10: 0745330126
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S8.9T
    BIC E4L: ENV
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T General Subject: 560
    BIC subject category V2: RNT, KCN
    Ingram Subject Code: BE
    BISAC V2.8: NAT010000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17610
    Libri: I-BE
    BIC subject category V2: THX
    BISAC V2.8: TEC031010
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    Abridged Dewey: 577
    LC classification: GE
    BISAC V2.8: NAT011000, BUS070040, BUS072000, BUS099000
    DC22: 333.9539
    Thema V1.0: KCVG, RNT, THV
    Publisher
    PLUTO PRESS
    Imprint name
    PLUTO PRESS
    Publication date
    15 June 2010
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Francois Houtart is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the Universite Catholique de Louvain. He was chief editor of the journal Social Compass from 1960 to 1999, and the editor of Alternatives Sud from 1994 - 2007. His previous books include The Globalisation of Resistance (with Samir Amin, 2002) and The Peasant as Actor (1982). He was the joint winner of the UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Prize 2009 for the promotion of tolerance and non-violence.
    Review quote
    This book presents the issue of agrofuels within the global context of the capitalist economy, stressing the role played by the oligopolies in promoting 'green energy'. Agrofuels provide no solution for the climate and they are marginal to the energy crisis. Above all they serve the interests of capitalist accumulation. This is the best book so far written on the subject. -- Samir Amin, Director of the Third World Forum in Dakar This book is a unique and important contribution to the debate on agrofuels. Firstly, it ... offers a much-needed political economic perspective on the issue. Secondly, Houtart dares to question the sustainability of the lifestyle encouraged by our consumer society. This book is therefore vital reading for all those interested not only in the question of agrofuels, but also in the direction of our civilisation and its shameful waste of natural resources. -- Professor Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food That solutions can be the causes of problems is well known and brilliantly illustrated by Francois Houtart's account of the nature, role and impact of agrofuels. Technically sound, socially thorough and politically grounded, it is also compassionate - see his personal account of the disaster for the poor wrought by agrofuels in Colombia. A highly recommended, balanced primer for anyone who wants to understand why agrofuels are spreading, who benefits from them and why we should - mostly - oppose them. -- Susan George, Honorary President of ATTAC-France and President of the Board of the Transnational Institute
    Table of contents
    Preface 1. Energy And Development 2. The Twin Crises: Energy And Climate 3. The Neoliberal Discourse On Climate Change 4. Agrofuels And Agroenergy 5. Ethanol Production 6. Agrodiesel Production 7. The Collateral Effects Of Agrofuels 8. The Socio-Economic Dimensions Of Agroenergy 9. Alternative Ways Of Solving The Climate And Energy Crises And The Role Of Agrofuels Glossary Notes Index