Food Security Not Necessarily Threatened By Biofuels
(Rainharvest) To achieve “win-win outcomes” for bio-energy, food security and poverty reduction, we must recognise that these outcomes are possible.
This is what Prof Lee Lynd, of Dartmouth College and the Mascoma Corporation, told delegates during a seminar at Stellenbosch University, which was organised by the South African Energy Research Institute’s Research Chair in Biofuels and other Alternative Fuels. Prof Lynd, who is also a driving force behind the Global Sustainable Bioenergy (GSB) project, said more and more people across the world are saying food security can be alleviated, rather than decreased, through integrated bio-energy production. This can be accomplished by developing new approaches to pasture intensification, avoiding the slash-and-burn of farmland, planting double crops, using different animal-feed rations and adopting changes in dietary choices, he explained. READ MORE