How to defuse the biofuel ecological time bomb and help secure a low-carbon planet

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Significant efforts need to be made to address the ecological challenge associated with biofuel production and reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. It has been observed that several soybean cultivators in the US have shifted to cultivation of corn to meet increasing global demand for bioethanol and take advantage of high corn prices. This change has created potential ecological challenges for biofuel production. Several Brazilian farmers have expanded soybean farming into fields used as cattle pasturelands to meet increasing demand for soybean from emerging countries, such as China creating ecological imbalance. This has resulted in cattle ranchers moving into dense Amazon rainforest and destroying forest areas to create pasturelands for their cattle. These changes are having significant adverse impact on the environment and threatening to create ecological imbalance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-9
Number of pages3
JournalResource: Engineering and Technology for Sustainable World
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Engineering(all)


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