[NEWS] Report: Bioenergy Crops Not a Risk to Food Production
– by Simon Levey, June 15, 2016, Imperial College of London
In a new report, the researchers also identify five ways that countries as diverse as the United States and Brazil can achieve their targets to increase energy security, foster rural economic development and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Experts contributed from ten institutions across Africa, Europe and America, including the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the World Bank and Imperial College London in the UK.
Previous studies into growing crops for use as fuels have tended to blame bioenergy crops for food shortages. In the new report, ‘Reconciling Food Security and Bioenergy: Priorities for Action’, published yesterday in the journal Global Change Biology – Bioenergy, the authors have revealed underlying assumptions in previous studies that lead to inaccurate conclusions.
These include oversimplifying the causes of local food shortages and obscuring the opportunities for bioenergy to contribute to solutions. The report also found that these misconceptions were commonly reproduced in media coverage.