Biofuels and land use
3 Mar, 2010 04:08 pm
Current transport biofuels are mainly made from crops producing starch, sugar and edible oils. In doing so, they divert those crops from providing food. However, the demand for food is highly inelastic.
The first state to squarely confront land use change is
Currently the European Union is debating the same matter behind closed doors. Some large countries such as
Also, it is worrying that the European Union neglects another aspect of land use, which impacts climate change due to European biofuel production: tillage. Whereas much agriculture in the
It is time for the European Union to squarely confront the realities of biofuel production in
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(2) J. Meersmans et al. Changes in organic carbon distribution with depth in agricultural soils in northern
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Comment by johnjames
3 Mar, 2010 06:22 pm
Actually, United States farmers are becoming more productive and efficient producing record corn yields providing enough crop to supply food, fuel and export. Also, 1/3 of the corn used in ethanol production comes back in a byproduct called Dried Distiller Grains which is used as a feed source with livestock production replacing corn.