African biofuels snapped up by Brits

British companies are buying up more land in Africa for biofuel plantations than any other country. Half of the biofuel land identified in over 20 countries such as Mozambique and […]

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By Vicky Ellis

British companies are buying up more land in Africa for biofuel plantations than any other country.

Half of the biofuel land identified in over 20 countries such as Mozambique and Tanzania was linked with UK firms, according to The Guardian.

Sun Biofuels and Crest Global Green Energy are among the companies attracted to sub-Saharan plots of land, reported the paper.

Biofuel has been hailed by some as a cheap ‘green’ alternative because it emits less greenhouse gases than fossil fuels and it can also be mixed with diesel to power some vehicles.

However, its benefits have been panned in a recent Oxfam report, called Growing a Better Future, which predicted a food poverty crisis by 2030 and warned world leaders against endorsing biofuel when crops could be better used to feed the hungry.

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