FAO warns against jastropha ‘hyped claims and half-truths’

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization has warned that the developing countries should not buy blindly into the ‘jatropha for biodiesel’ argument. Warning against the hype and half-truths around jatropha curacas, an oil seed plant touted as a major potential source of biofuels. There have been increasing investments and policy decisions concerning the use of jatropha as an oil crop. The report comes after researchers said that the crop requires more water than had been thought, and was best suited for small-scale farming in remote areas, where alternative fuel supplies are erratic and expensive. Read more here.

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