oa CSIR Science Scope - Biofuel : a solution, or a socio-economic and environmental disaster in the making?

Volume 2, Issue 1
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Interest in plant-based fuels is skyrocketing all around the world, but the conversion of large areas of land to energy crops raises many social and environmental issues, not all of which are bad. There is, for example, the potential for competition between biofuels and food production from limited arable land; loss of biodiversity if new land is planted; loss of access to alternate natural products; gains of some jobs, but potential losses in others.

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