The Labour Party has called for a dramatic cut in the use of biofuels in Ireland.

The party says it is deeply concerned that the Government does not have a coherent policy on the worldwide food shortages, which have been linked to the rise in the use of biofuels.

Labour says the rush to the use of biofuels has proved premature and damaging and it is calling for a reduction in our targets for use of the products.

It says we should concentrate more on second generation biofuels, which do not compete with food production.

Labour energy spokesperson Liz McManus stressed 'it is time we re-examined the use of biofuels.'