News last update:6 Aug 2012

New report addresses biofuel issue

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) released a report, "Achieving Sustainable Production of Agricultural Biomass for Biorefinery Feedstock," that addresses the question "Can American farmers feed the growing biofuel industry?"

The report examines considerations for sustainable harvesting of agricultural residues, such as corn stover and cereal straws, expected to be the near-term feedstocks for biorefineries. It also discusses the expected economic benefits for individual farmers who invest in the practices and equipment needed for sustainable harvests of these feedstocks. It further points out the need for infrastructure to deliver feedstocks from farms to biorefineries.

Producing enough raw materials

The next challenge facing the biorefinery industry is producing, harvesting and delivering abundant feedstocks in an economically and environmentally sustainable fashion. This report begins to address that issue, according to Brent Erickson, executive vice president of BIO's Industrial & Environmental Section.

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