Burning Biofuels Raises Ethical Issue for Some

Even the need for cleaner-burning fuel sources for environmental reasons doesn't entirely justify the use of vegetable oils such as soyoil, palm oil and rapeseed oil, argues Dorab E. Mistry, director of London-based Godrej International.

Published: 08-Mar-2005

A LUMPUR (Dow Jones)--High crude oil prices may have galvanized bio-diesel production, but some questions are now being asked in industry circles about the ethics of using a limited edible resource to meet the world's energy needs, said an influential edible oils industry analyst.

Dorab E. Mistry, director of London-based Godrej International, said he opposes the practice of burning what is an essential food item and believes non-governmental organizations in Europe, where the bulk of the world's bio-diesel is produced, will soon raise their protests.

"The NGOs in Europe will realize the folly of burning an edible oil for fuel and get in on the act," Mistry said in an interview on the sidelines of the recent annual palm oil price outlook conference in Malaysia.

Even the need for cleaner-burning fuel sources for environmental reasons doesn't entirely justify the use of vegetable oils such as soyoil, palm oil and rapeseed oil, he said.

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