, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 117-119
Date: 18 Feb 2009

Finding the balance between food and biofuels

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Over the years, Environmental Science and Pollution Research and her sister journal, The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment have followed the development of industrial biotechnology, the development of the biobased industries, and the sources, application and distribution of biobased fuels (Young 2003, 2004; Gaugitsch 2004; Kloverpris et al. 2008; Halleux et al. 2008). Biobased resources are defined as source materials derived from a range of plant systems, primarily agricultural crops, forestry products, and processing streams (including microbial) in the food, feed, and fiber industries (Young 2003). The global emergence in interest of biobased products has been a result of the timely coalescence of economic considerations, environmental concerns, and scientific advancements. There were concerns for finding sustainable resources sufficient to build a biobased economy to replace a petroleum-based economy, developing new energy sources to curb climate change, and taking adv ...