Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said on Sunday he would seek to
convince world leaders gathering in Rome this week that ethanol is not to blame
for global food inflation threatening millions with hunger.
Brazil is the world's largest ethanol exporter and a pioneer in sugar-cane based
biofuels, making it a target of critics who say ethanol is behind increases in
world commodity prices.
Lula said the UN summit on food security which begins on Tuesday would give
Latin America's biggest economy an opportunity to shape the debate about
biofuels -- and hopefully win over some sceptics.
"This gathering that the (UN Food and Agriculture Organisation) is promoting
will be a great opportunity for Brazil," Lula told reporters in Rome ahead of
"I'm convinced that we're at the beginning a debate. ... It's up to Brazil, a
centre of excellence in ethanol production, to prove that ...