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.
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 &
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