BioEnergy Research

, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp 1060–1062 | Cite as

Reporting on Marginal Lands for Bioenergy Feedstock Production: a Modest Proposal

  • Brian K. Richards
  • Cathelijne R. Stoof
  • Ian J. Cary
  • Peter B. Woodbury
Article

Abstract

Growing bioenergy feedstocks can provide a long-term sustainable production system for marginal land resources and is essential for minimizing food vs. fuel competition for prime croplands. However, the term “marginal” is too often used in research reports without being defined. We here suggest that clearly specifying the biophysical factors and agroeconomic context contributing to marginality will greatly enhance the utility and comparability of published research.

Keywords

Bioenergy feedstock production Marginal soils Marginal lands Renewable energy Agriculture Land capability Land cover change Biofuels Soil 

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian K. Richards
    • 1
  • Cathelijne R. Stoof
    • 1
  • Ian J. Cary
    • 1
  • Peter B. Woodbury
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Biological & Environmental EngineeringCornell UniversityIthacaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Crop & Soil SciencesCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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