I just read an article entitled "The Energy Harvest," by Paul Jefferiss,
in Nucleus, the Magazine of the Union of Concerned Scientists. It talks
about "power crops."
The word "entropy" appeared in a post this morning. It was in regard
to the feasibility of using honey for biofuels. There is an idea that
is truly preposterous. But maybe all power crops are as preposterous
as the idea of using honey-derived fuels in our gas tanks. That is the
direction I am thinking. At a time when food demand is increasing,
does it make sense to divert acres for fuel-production?
Okay, maybe I am ready to make a statement. The biggest challenge we face is
not "sustainable agriculture" but "sustainable transportation policy."
If the "biofuel" concept is viewed as a technical fix, requiring no other
changes, then it is a RED HERRING. That is, a smelly bait dragged across
our path as we pursue true sustainability.
John Lozier, Ph. D.
Adjunct Associate Professor of Agricultural Education
College of Agriculture and Forestry
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV 26506-6108
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