publication . Article . 2008

Understanding bio-economics

Patel, M.K.;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Jan 2008
  • Country: Netherlands
Abstract
New plants for production of bio-based fuels, chemicals or plastics are being set up at an accelerating pace. However, this transition towards bio-based fuels, feedstocks and chemicals has not come without consequences. Increased demand has pushed up prices of key agricultural products such as maize and corn with the result that consumers - especially those in low income areas - have reacted with concern and protest. At the same time, environmental research institutes and lobby groups - and now some policy makers - have expressed concern about the effectiveness of this path in reducing fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, about the availability of...
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