Biofuelwatch campaigns against the use of bioenergy from unsustainable sources, i.e. biofuels linked to accelerated climate change, deforestation, bio-diversity losses, human rights abuses, including the impoverishment and dispossession of local populations, water and soil degradation, loss of food sovereignty and food security.
Replacing even a fraction of fossil fuels with biofuels requires vast areas of land - with governments planning to convert tens of millions of hectares to agrofuel monocultures. Land conversion on this scale requires taking over land on which communities depend for growing food and/or for grazing - often classed as 'wasteland' - or the destruction of important ecosystems, including rainforests (which are also home to hundreds of millions of people). Land grabs for agrofuels are happening across Asia, Latin America and Africa, and often involve violence. Some 150,000 families in Argentina and 90,000 families in Paraguay have already been displaced by soya. The accelerating rate of soya expansion due to the agrofuel boom is associated with increasing frequency of evictions. In Tanzania, the UK-based Sun Biofuel Plc are having over 11,000 villagers evicted for jatrtopha biodiesel. In Indonesia, the Chair of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues has warned that millions of indigenous peoples will soon become biofuel refugees.