14 May 2007 - 09:47
  • News Code: 104578

TEHRAN -- The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has approved Iran’s proposal to use new energy sources instead of biological fuels which have become a threat to global food security.

Iran’s permanent representative at FAO, Javad Tavakkolian, told IRIB on Friday that the proposal was made at FAO’s 33rd meeting of Global Food Security Committee. The meeting was aimed at discussing solutions to issues concerning hunger and malnutrition.

The first issue the meeting focused on was countries such as the US and Brazil that use agricultural products to produce ethanol, Tavakkolian said.

Iran proposed that solar energy and wind power could replace bio-fuels produced from agricultural products such as corn and sugar cane which not only has detrimental effects on the environment but is also harmful to the agricultural sector, he continued.

The meeting also focused on studying the capabilities to ensure global food security.

Iran has been heading FAO’s regional office for the Near East and is considered successful in the fields of grains, protein and dairy products. Iran has also become self-sufficient in wheat and can be ranked among wheat exporting countries.

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