Agriculture: Beyond food versus fuel : Nature : Nature Publishing Group   Leave a comment

“One of the trickiest problems arising from the competition between biofuels and food production is land use. Ideally, biofuel crops would be grown on marginal land that has a low carbon stock, leaving the higher quality soil for food production, says Ian Crute, chief scientist at the Kenilworth-based Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board. But, in reality, the profitability of energy crops has caused farmers to shift production from food crops to fuel crops, creating a ripple effect, says Olivier Dubois, coordinator of the FAO’s Bioenergy Group in Rome. “Food crops still have to be produced somewhere,” he says. And that means finding additional land and converting it for agricultural use.”

 

via Agriculture: Beyond food versus fuel : Nature : Nature Publishing Group.

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Posted June 26, 2011 by arnoneumann in agriculture

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