The recent criticism of biofuels because of the exploitative conditions applied to workers of South America leave us perplexed. The perplexity stems certainly not by the exploitation of labor, an undeniable reality in many developing countries, but particularly for the continuous attack against biofuels from some far-left political circles.
The first biofuel was criticized the possible cannibalization of the agri-food sector in favor of the energy as if the biofuel were the cause of world hunger, now also accused of facilitating the exploitation of workers. As if the exploitation of labor was a direct result of biofuels.
In fact, it would be enough to make a trip in the Southern Italian tomato plantations to realize that the exploitation of agricultural laborers is a phenomenon entirely unrelated to the industry or the reference chain. Or remember the sports shoes or footballs manufactured in countries from underage workforce development, exploited with low wages and long hours to reduce the production costs of European or American multinational whatsoever.
It has increasingly been the impression that biofuels are pestering for geopolitical reasons rather than environmental or ideological. This is demonstrated by the heated discussion in recent months which was attended by political figures of Fidel Castro and Chavez caliber.
There were the usual American imperialists to play the role of the bad guys, this time on the side of biofuels to reduce dependence on foreign oil, and other good, worldwide distribution of equity champions against biofuels and indirectly defenders of ‘ current oil economy. That there is some bad faith in all this?