Agriculture and biofuel- use waste products to fuel food production

Biofuels can and should be used as a support mechanism for agriculture. Converting the inevitable waste products of agriculture into biodiesel or bioethanol can fuel at least portions of the whole food production process, minimizing waste and emissions, and reducing costs. Florida Crystals, a West Palm Beach based sugar company, uses its sugarcane waste products to produce bioethanol, selling excess energy back to Florida utility companies.

Care must be taken to ensure that agriculture remains the priority in this process. Converting lands from food production to energy production will put food security at risk, and reduce the capacity of the land. Biofuel production as a secondary process however, will result in significant benefit, and companies con- trolling the majority of their growing process.

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