oa CSIR Science Scope - Biofuel : a solution, or a socio-economic and environmental disaster in the making?
|Article Title||Biofuel : a solution, or a socio-economic and environmental disaster in the making?|
|© Publisher:||Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)|
|Journal||CSIR Science Scope|
|Author||Graham Von Maltitz|
|Publication Date||Apr 2007|
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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