October 6, 2008

Scientists call for sustainable biofuels policies

Biofuels are coming. The question is will we produce them in a way that wisely balances environmental, economic and social factors.

Twenty-three scientists from universities, institutes and the US Department of Agriculture have issued a call for science-based policies to steer biofuels research and production toward productive and sustainable practices.

They're calling for looking at the whole system when assessing energy yields and environmental impacts, accounting for ecosystems in land management practices, and understanding the effects of policies and practices at different scales from the farm to the planet.

Policies that assure sustainable biofuels production aren't yet in place, according to the scientists, and "business as usual with larger is not an environmentally welcome outcome."

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