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Understanding land use change and U.S. ethanol expansion
Renewable Fuels Association
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Understanding changes in land use — such as deforestation, urbanization and agriculture expansion — is important if society is to properly address the challenges of climate change, utilization of natural resources, and energy use. However, the intensifying debate over potential indirect land use changes resulting from biofuels expansion is nebulous at best. At worst, it is tainted by ideological or political agendas. As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a new administration, and a new Congress attempt to address these exceedingly complex issues, it is critical that the discourse involves multiple disciplines and is informed by clear thinking, reliable data, and transparent analyses. This report discusses historical agricultural land use and crop utilization trends, explores the role of increased productivity, looks at the contributions of ethanol feed co-products, and examines global agricultural land use projections obtained from Informa Economics.
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