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The report outlines that Argentina, Colombia and Peru are heading the continent in the initiative to introduce and promote the necessary infrastructure for the bio fuel industry, "necessity for investment on behalf of the private sector"; Chile recently began, "but has the conditions to advance and, Venezuela has not expressed an interest in advancing on the issue".

It also says that Guatemala, El Salvador and Costa Rica are the nations most prepared to receive investments and expand in the industry, while Honduras, Panama and Nicaragua have great potential.

Some experts believe that the use of natural fuel of vegetable origin and its derivatives would be "a temporary solution against environmental contamination", while others believe that the world population is continuing to grow so the automobile market is forced to increase its production.

The ambitions of the biotechnology sector go far beyond using conventional cultivation...they are also aimed at developing the next agro fuel generation, the so called cellulose derivatives.

It deals with another product to continue the "technological advances", as described by President Bush, from the cautious and sinister idea of turning food into fuel as an economic guideline in the US foreign policy and Europe.

This way, he pretends to settle the concerns over the effects that the bio fuel could have on people's health and also collecting votes in international forums where the debates center on issues like global warming.

There is not the slightest doubt that even if 70 percent of the land cultivated for corn, soy and sugar cane (plus other products) was used, not five percent of the fuel consumers of the rich nations would be supplied.

There is much controversy related with this dilemma, already transformed into a huge transnational business, and its influence on the environment. A problem whose immediate solution would be to begin to change the habits and way of live of the consumer population of the industrialized nations.

Land is already scarce and the destiny assigned to it will have much to do with the very destiny of our poor hungry people.


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