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Title: Sustainability of Food, Energy and Environment with Biofuels
Author(s): Khanna, Madhu
Subject(s): Biofuels sustainable agriculture
Abstract: Growing reliance on food-based biofuels has created considerable controversy about its impact on food prices and the environment and led to skepticism about its sustainability. The concept of sustainability in the context of biofuels and the factors affecting the economic viability of current and next-generation biofuels and their environmental and social sustainability is discussed. Cellulosic biofuels from dedicated energy crops offer considerable promise for reducing the competition for land and avoiding many of the negative environmental impacts associated with corn-ethanol. But, the production of any type of biofuel is likely to involve trade-offs among the multi-dimensional aspects of sustainability. Technological innovation and policy incentives are needed to develop more sustainable biofuels and to guide the mix of feedstocks, their methods and locations of production.
Issue Date: 2009-03
Genre: Presentation / Lecture / Speech
Type: Text
Language: English
Publication Status: unpublished
Peer Reviewed: not peer reviewed
Sponsor: Title VI National Resource Center Grant (P015A060066)
Date Available in IDEALS: 2009-05-13

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