Reference Type: Electronic Resource
Title: Biofuels: Implications for Land Use and Biodiversity
Primary Authors: Dale, Virginia H.; Kline, Keith L.; Wiens, John; Fargione, Joseph
Published: 2010, Ecological Society of America
Abstract: In this report, we summarize the range of conclusions to date by exploring the features and benefits of a landscape approach to analyzing potential land-use changes associated with biofuel production using different feedstocks. We look at how economics and farm policies may influence the location and amount of acreage that will ultimately be put into biofuel production and how those land-use changes might affect biodiversity. We also discuss the complexities of land-use assessments, estimates of carbon emissions, and the interactions of biofuel production and the US Department of Agriculture Conservation Reserve Program. We examine the links between water and biofuel crops and how biofuel expansion might avoid “food versus fuel” conflicts. Finally, we outline ways to design bioenergy systems in order to optimize their social, economic and ecological benefits.
Ag Matters Catalog ID: 427