The G8 played down the effects of biofuels on food inflation 'like discussing the Titanic but not mentioning the iceberg.'
Unless the G8 leaders agree to immediate action and medium-term targets for reducing their greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, any long-term promises will be unattainable.
The rich world's response to the global food crisis has been inadequate and at times hypocritical. World leaders must set out a plan for a much more comprehensive response at the G8 in Japan this week.
Today’s biofuel policies are not solving the climate or fuel crises but are instead contributing to food insecurity and inflation.
The credibility of G8 finance ministers will be tested this weekend as the world waits for more urgent and stronger action to tackle global poverty in the face of climate change and rising food prices.