High crop prices contributing to loss in grassland
Full story: Vallejo Times-Herald
The study referenced by this article does not quantify biofuel production at all or provide any substantive link between biofuels and land use change they measured. For a better study on biofuels see the University of Illinois paper at http://www.academicjournals.org/jaerd/PDF/Pdf... . Those researchers actually looked at biofuel production and found there is more than enough farmland available to meet our goals for energy independence.
The strength of this study is the measurement of land use change. However, the link to biofuels and the judgment on the value of biofuels policy is not supported by the data in this research and does not merit the headlines. A more accurate interpretation of the recent land use change is that farmers are once again finding it economical to grow food on cropland that was previously abandoned due to low commodity prices. Farmers are not tilling up virgin grasslands, but are instead putting land back to work that is being expelled from the Conservation Reserve Program due to Farm Bill budget cuts. Find more facts at http://www.biodieselsustainability.com/2013/0...
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