Evaluating Biofuels: The Consequences of Using Land to Make Fuel
In 2008, the developed world relearned the ancient lesson that food is not inherently plentiful and cheap. It also began to learn a new lesson that in an era of global warming the productivity of land is based not merely on its capacity to generate food and fiber but also to store carbon. Using land for one purpose involves serious tradeoffs with the others. Biofuels helped generate the conditions for this education.