Last update: 09.07.2011
Source : thestar.com.my
The downfall of a once touted biofuel wondercrop may just be followed by the rise of an unassuming landscaping tree. Allegations by various quarters that edible crops grown for biofuels will compete with food resources and agricultural lands have attracted controversy. NGOs and human rights groups say this will be to the detriment of the poor. This perceived moral dilemma is what initially led to the rise of jatropha (Jatropha curcas) as a major contender in the biofuels arena. A non-edible crop which produces seeds containing up to 40% of oil, it grows on marginal lands thereby avoiding competition for agricultural land. However, four years after investment banking and securities firm Goldman Sachs cited it as being one of the best plant contenders for future biodiesel production, there has been rising scepticism about the "miracle" properties of jatropha.
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12 April 2011 |
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