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Title: Sustainable Biofuels and Human Security
Author(s): Scheffran, Jürgen (ed.); Summerfield, Gale (ed.)
Contributor(s): Blaschek, Hans; Singer, Clifford E.; Arends-Kuenning, Mary; Hira, Anil; Smith, Timothy M.; Miller, Kristell; Lindenberg, Justin; Mueller, Steffen; Copenhaver, Ken
Subject(s): Biofuels Human Security Food versus fuel debate Ethanol Biofuel policy -- United States Biofuel policy -- European Union Biofuel policy -- Brazil Biofuel policy -- China
Abstract: Biofuel production has soared in this decade with backing from government mandates. Seeking to address global warming, promote alternatives to fossil fuels, and increase independence in energy production, many countries have been striving to become key players in the global trade for biofuels as well as increase domestic energy production. Food security and sustainability issues, however, have clouded the future for first generation biofuels. Second-generation production processes, based on cellulosic material and algae, are emerging, but they are not yet commercially viable on a large scale. The papers in this collection address the social and sustainability dimensions of the biofuel debates, including links between biofuels and food price volatility, poverty, and direct and indirect changes in land use. The papers were selected from a series of three workshops held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May and November 2008 and April 2009. The workshops were sponsored by the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program (WGGP), the Program in Arms Control, Disarmament and International Security (ACDIS), the Center for Advanced BioEnergy Research (CABER), and the Center for African Studies, with support from many units across campus. Generous support was provided by a Hewlett International Conference Grant, the Sloan Foundation's Industry Studies Group, the Energy Biosciences Institute, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) Global Connect Program, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS).
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security (ACDIS), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info: Jürgen Scheffran and Gale Summerfield (eds.), et al. Sustainable Biofuels and Human Security, special journal issue of Swords and Ploughshares, Program in Arms Control, Disarmament and International Security (ACDIS), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (summer 2009).
Series/Report: Swords and Ploughshares, summer 2009
Genre: Journal (whole)
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/15117
ISSN: 1046-7734
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed: not peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS: 2010-03-08
 

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