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Biofuel is Bad!

by Darko Mojsoski on 2nd June, 2011 at 11:17 AM CEST

Biofuels are a wide range of fuels which are produced from agricultural crops. There are two main types of biofuel: ethanol and biodiesel. Ethanol is produced from corn and sugar cane. It is widely used in the USA and in Brazil. Biodiesel can be made from the fruit of the palm trees, soybeans, canola, animal fats or recycled greases.

The recent interest in biofuel is, so it can replace fossil fuels that contribute greenhouse gases to the atmosphere, causing global warming. While biofuels should generate less pollution and greenhouse gases than fossil fuels, the production of biofuel increases the shortage of food. The growth of sowing for biofuel causes reduction of the square of lands previously used for food cultures. This leads to smaller harvest and higher prices of food.

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FAO’s food prices index gained 2.2 percent in February. This is the highest point reached, since the analysis of the prices in 1990. World Bank’s index of food prices increased by 15 percent from October 2010 to January 2011. The prices on vegetable oil and fats increased insignificantly. The prices on corn and wheat increased by 50 percent and 65 percent respectively.

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One of the main problems that are caused by the high prices is that farmers all around the world are converting their lands for crop production. Some of this land is currently covered by rainforests. Cutting down rainforests causes release of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. The destruction of tropical rainforests kills wildlife.

Instead, growing trees and restoring forests is far better and more effective way to reduce emissions connected with global warming and climate change. Do you agree or have another view? Tell us!

~ Darko, Macedonia (C:F Writer, Action Team #2)

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I partially agree with you because biofuel will reduce the pollution of greenhouse gases to a great extent and hence a promote better and safer atmosphere for humans and also vegetation.

2nd June, 2011 @ 8:58 PM CEST

Aik Heng Yap

Aik Heng Yap | Action team

I'd agree on the issue of biofuels not being efficient enough to offset emissions, but I believe that the push for biofuels (particularly in the US) is not completely about emissions. I'm not saying that I support biofuels, but I think that there is also an energy security factor for which a conclusion cannot be as easily found.

Also, while it may seem somewhat obvious that less space for crops -> higher food prices -> starvation, I believe that the issues of inefficient distribution and high waste are more significant for food, and perhaps we need to focus more of our energies in these areas instead.

3rd June, 2011 @ 5:59 AM CEST

Zhikica Pagovski

Zhikica Pagovski | Action team | CF Chapters

I like that the C:F youth is focusing on more and more research activites! bravo Darko

3rd June, 2011 @ 8:36 PM CEST

Ekaterina Pakhomova

Ekaterina Pakhomova

I happen to work for one of the largest oil companies in the US - and also the first one that is building a bio fuelplant in NYC that will start producing up to 1 million gallons of bio fuels this year. Thus, I can provide some let's say "insight" information.
First of all what they are using for bio fuel production is food grease - that is being collected from thousands of restaurants in NYC. That part involves a huge charity project - that grease (like that you make french fries in) is collected by people who have problems with finances, people who don't have homes and can't get jobs because of that. That charity get thousands of people involved - people who couldn't have hoped to get other jobs.
The point is, however, that no produce is grown for that particular matter - only already used resources, basically cooking waste, is used for the purpose of creating bio fuels.
Secondly, I just wanted to point out that the humanity has been trying to figure out what we shall use when the planet runs out of natural resources - oil, coal, metals (these take hundreds of thousands of years to accumulate). This is one of the cheapest and easiest ways which not only lowers the price for fuels but also helps to preserve natural resources and reduce pollution (bio fuels have no sulfur in them which is a number 1 reason for air pollution).
Being from Russia I shouldnt be too excited about this idea since the Russian economy mostly relies on oil export, however, am also the citizen of this planet I wouldnt mind a cleaner environment and independence from natural resources.

4th June, 2011 @ 4:20 AM CEST

reena kataria

reena kataria

every discvry or invetn hv dr own style of being positive n negative...

we shud nt say dt its bad...but just think brightr side...drs so many positive things coz of biofuel....

dr r sm negatvi part...lik u mentnd...wt about land n food crisis n all....but dis r d problems v cn easily solve dt....we can work on dt using or makin sm protocol...

18th June, 2011 @ 7:26 AM CEST

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