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WTO Threat over Sugar Cane Ethanol Threat

28 October 2010

BRAZIL - The Sugar Cane Industry Union (Unica) in Brazil could apeal to the World Trade Organization (WTO) to ensure Brazilian ethanol exports to the United States and Europe.

The president of the organization, Marcos Jank, this week that biofuel import regulations in the EU and USA countries are threatening to hit sales of Brazilian ethanol in developed nations.

Mr Jank asid that United States and European studies hold the sugar and ethanol industry indirectly accountable for the deforestation of Brazilian biomes.

Based on these studies, the EU and US may create barriers to ethanol, a report on ANBA says.

He said, however, that 99 per cent of sugarcane production in the country takes place in areas that were already used for either agriculture or cattle farming.

And he added that it is unfair to say that ethanol has an indirect effect on deforestation or that it has a high rate of greenhouse gas emission.

Data from Unica shows that burning ethanol from sugarcane emits 90 per cent fewer emissions than gasoline.

Mr JAnk was speaking at a seminar, promoted by the Federation of Industries of the State of São Paulo (Fiesp) and the International Food & Agricultural Trade Policy Council (IPC), where ways of measuring emissions of greenhouse gases in agriculture were discussed.

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