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Food Worries Scare Europe From Biodiesels

10/13/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

PARIS -- European legislators said Thursday that government goals for using biofuels should be pared back, prompting the fledgling industry to fire back with a campaign warning that alternatives may be no cleaner.

European governments pledged last year to increase the use of biofuels to 10 percent of all transport fuel by 2020, amid expectations that energy derived from crops would provide a low-carbon alternative.

On Thursday, the European Parliament's influential Industry Committee endorsed the general 10 percent target -- but added a number of modifications meant to move away from traditional biofuels made from grains or other crops toward other, renewable energy sources.

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