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29 June 2009
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Agrofuels, Food Sovereignty, and the Contemporary Food Crisis

Peter Rosset, Center for the Study of Rural Change, Ceccam, Mexico

In this article, agrofuels are examined in the context of the world food price crisis and the “food sovereignty” pro-
posal for addressing the crisis. Both short- and long-term causes of the crisis are examined, and while agrofuels are
presently not a prime causal factor they are clearly contraindicated by the crisis. Food sovereignty, including a
moratorium on agrofuels, is argued to offer the best option for managing the crisis.

Keywords: agrofuels; biofuels; food crisis; food prices; food sovereignty; Via Campesina

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