WASHINGTON, DC – Growth Energy, the leading voice for U.S. ethanol supporters and producers, released the following statement in response to a new paper published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, “Land Availability for Biofuel Production,” showing that biofuel crops grown on available land could produce up to half of the world’s current fuel consumption—without negatively affecting food crops.
“This study proves that we can grow enough grain, and harvest enough biomass from energy crops and crop residue, to meet global demand for both food and fuel. By converting abandoned farmland to energy cropland, we can produce more than half of the world’s fuel needs, proving once again that the so-called food vs. fuel debate is nothing more than a myth.”
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About Growth Energy
Growth Energy is a group committed to the promise of agriculture and growing America’s economy through cleaner, greener energy. Growth Energy members recognize America needs a new ethanol approach. Through smart policy reform and a proactive grassroots campaign, Growth energy promotes reducing greenhouse gas emissions, expanding the use of ethanol in gasoline, decreasing our dependence on foreign oil, and creating American jobs at home. More information can be found at GrowthEnergy.org.