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The biofuel delusion : the fallacy of large-scale agro-biofuel production Mario Giampietro y Kozo Mayumi.

By: Giampietro, Mario
Contributor(s): Mayumi, Kozo
Publisher: London ; Sterling, VA : Earthscan, 2009Description: xviii, 318 p. : ill. ; 24 cmISBN: 9781844076819 (hardback); 1844076814 (hardback)Other title: Fallacy of large scale agro-biofuels productionSubject(s): Economía Ambiental | Energía Biomásica -- Asepctos Económicos | Energía Biomásica -- Aspectos SocialesDDC classification: 333.9539
Contents:
Can we solve the agro-biofuel riddle? Learning from the past. Not everything that burns is a fuel. Pattern of societal metabolism across levels: a crash course in bio-economics. Assessment of the quality of alternative energy sources. Neglect of available wisdom. A reality check on the feasibility and desirability of agro-biofuels. Agro-biofuel production is not good for rural development. Living in denial. Where do we go from here?
Summary: "Faced with the twin threats of peak oil and climate change, many governments have turned for an answer to the apparent panacea of biofuels. Yet, increasingly, the progressive implementation of this solution demonstrates that the promise of biofuels as a replacement to fossil fuels is in fact a mirage that, if followed, risks leaving us short of power, short of food and doing as much damage to the climate as ever - let alone the consequent impact on biodiversity due to additional loss of habitat for agricultural production and on rural development due to the additional stress on traditional farming systems. Worse still, these risks are being ignored. In this definitive exposé, Mario Giampietro and Kozo Mayumi present a theoretical framework and exhaustive evidence for the case against large scale biofuel production from agricultural crops. This book will be vital, sobering reading for anyone concerned with energy or agricultural policy, or bioenergy as a complex system."--Publisher's description
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Can we solve the agro-biofuel riddle? Learning from the past. Not everything that burns is a fuel. Pattern of societal metabolism across levels: a crash course in bio-economics. Assessment of the quality of alternative energy sources. Neglect of available wisdom. A reality check on the feasibility and desirability of agro-biofuels. Agro-biofuel production is not good for rural development. Living in denial. Where do we go from here?

"Faced with the twin threats of peak oil and climate change, many governments have turned for an answer to the apparent panacea of biofuels. Yet, increasingly, the progressive implementation of this solution demonstrates that the promise of biofuels as a replacement to fossil fuels is in fact a mirage that, if followed, risks leaving us short of power, short of food and doing as much damage to the climate as ever - let alone the consequent impact on biodiversity due to additional loss of habitat for agricultural production and on rural development due to the additional stress on traditional farming systems. Worse still, these risks are being ignored. In this definitive exposé, Mario Giampietro and Kozo Mayumi present a theoretical framework and exhaustive evidence for the case against large scale biofuel production from agricultural crops. This book will be vital, sobering reading for anyone concerned with energy or agricultural policy, or bioenergy as a complex system."--Publisher's description

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