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Great comment and a good quote from the FAO, nanne.

The Commission expects most of biofuels consumed in Europe to be produced in the EU. That will reduce substantially our foreign oil dependency

Jaw hits keyboard. This is not going to happen, (even though Piebalgs will probably pull out and wave a GM maize flag...) I'll try to find time to update the numbers on EU land surface potential.

I must say I object to the spin about "intemperate and one-sided" debate. AFAIK the US and the EU have made their policy choice of backing and subsidising agrofuels. That's a pretty powerful "other side".

Rule N° xx : always marginalise the opposition by calling them "angry", "strident", "intemperate", etc. Especially when the power balance is totally in your favour.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Mar 14th, 2008 at 03:49:38 PM EST
Yes, it's not going to happen, especially if it has to be done 'sustainably'. All first generation biofuel crops are monocultures, if you want to grow them sustainably you'd have to grow them in a crop rotation system.
by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Sat Mar 15th, 2008 at 07:24:06 AM EST
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