New report suggests bioenergy crops are not a risk to food production

16 Jun 2016   Biofuels

In a new report, researchers have challenged the belief that growing crops for bioenergy will cut food production, a concern they say is stalling new schemes. The report also identifies five ways that countries as diverse as the United States and Brazil can achieve their targets to increase energy security, foster rural economic development and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Experts contributed from ten institutions across Africa, Europe and America, including the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the World Bank and Imperial College London in the UK. Previous studies into growing crops for use as fuels have tended to blame bioenergy crops for food shortages. The new open-access report, “Reconciling […]

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