24 January 2014

Africa: UN Land Crisis Report - High Demand Creating Hunger and Environmental Destruction

Davos (switzerland) / London (UK) — Commenting on a key United Nations report on global land use launched today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, highlighting risks to people and the environment from increasing global competition for land, Kirtana Chandrasekaran, Friends of the Earth International food sovereignty coordinator said:

"Experts have corroborated what small scale food producers have been warning: high demand for food and biomass from rich countries is driving up demand for land, creating hunger and destroying the environment."

"Across the world land is being grabbed from local communities who are best placed to manage it and feed local people and converted to plantations producing food and fuels for developed nations. This is unjust and can be prevented."

"The report offers a solution, stopping land use for biofuels and biomass, shifting to low meat diets, and keeping track of countries land use abroad."

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