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What Is the Outlook for Non-Food Based Biofuels?

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Title: What Is the Outlook for Non-Food Based Biofuels?
Author: Inter-American Dialogue’s Latin American Energy Advisor
Subject: Latin America
Brazil
United Nations
renewable
energy
biofuels
non-food based
production
sugar cane
ethanol
resources
sustainable
food security
non-food energy crops
drought
Abstract: A worsening drought in South America has caused downward revisions to corn production estimates, while Brazil continues to struggle with a shortfall in last year's sugarcane crop. Last month, the new director of the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization criticized the United States for the use of corn to make biofuel, saying it raises prices for the cereal globally. Meanwhile, U.S. bio-technology company Bio Architecture Lab announced last month that it will open a pilot plant in Chile to develop biofuels from seaweed. What is the outlook for biofuels in Latin America given competing demand for food resources? Will non-food based biofuels emerge as a viable large scale alternative in the medium- to long-term? What steps should policymakers be taking to ensure both food and energy security?
Date: 2012-02-29
Publisher: Inter-American Dialogue
Citation: Inter-American Dialogue’s Latin American Energy Advisor, February 29, 2012; pp. 1, 3, 4.
Description: Re-posted with permission from the publishers as a PDF document as part of an Institutional Repository collection to aggregate energy policy, regulation, dialogue and educational materials.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/20478
Available at: www.thedialogue.org


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