A coalition of environmental groups is worried about the growth in the use of biofuels, even suggesting the EU should reject targets of expansion. As biofuels appear to be eco-friendly, is this strange? No, not really.
Biofuel is a valid alternative to fossil fuel. But as with everything else, a good idea can so easily be turned into a disaster by businesses eager to capitalize on the idea. And this is certainly beginning to happen today.
The problem is, in many areas, agriculture has been damaged so much that farmers want to turn to biomass as a valid alternative to food production. The upshot of this will be a scarcity of food stuffs, and rise in prices.
Biofuel needs to be introduced in graded, planned stages, rejuvenating agriculture as it goes along. In this way, we have a clear alternative fuel, and still have ample food. Come on, guys, it isn’t rocket science.
© Anthony North, February 2008