The French Federation of Bio Agriculture (FNAB
) is currently lobbying the French senate to forbid using the prefix "bio" when referring to fuels made from plant matter. Bear in mind that, in France, E85 is called bioéthanol and then there's biodiesel
. The reason for the suggestion is a recent EU directive that says that the preffix "bio" can only be used for products that have been produced using natural procedures and are free of pesticides and chemicals. Therefore, the FNAP argues, ethanol
and biodiesel should be simply be called agrofuels. Specifically, agro-ethanol and agro-diesel. FNAB says the shift will protect consumers, who may think that "bio" identifies certified chemical-free products.
[Source: Actualité News Environment