Today is Earth Day. I feel like I bang on all the time about the interconnectedness of environment and gender oppression (most recently here).
And only yesterday, the UN released a report warning that large-scale production of biofuels (substituting petrol with vegetable oil and ethanol alternatives) “may increase marginalization of women”:
“Unless policies are adopted in developing countries to strengthen the participation of small farmers, especially women in biofuel production by increasing their access to land, capital and technology – gender inequalities are likely to become more marked and women’s vulnerability to hunger and poverty further exacerbated,” said Yianna Lambrou, co-author of the paper entitled Gender and Equity Issues in Liquid Biofuels Production – Minimizing the Risks to Maximize the Opportunities. “Biofuel production certainly offers opportunities for farmers – but they will only trickle down to the farm level, especially to women, if pro-poor policies are put in place that also empower women.”