The Long-Run Impact of Biofuels on Food Prices
The conversion of pasture and forest land to farming due to biofuels mandates may cause a modest increase in food prices—although population growth and income-driven preferences for meat and dairy over cereals may play as much of a role.
- Biofuels may raise food prices in the short run, but over the long haul, new land is brought under cultivation, which brings down food prices.
- An aggressive renewable fuels mandate may not lower global carbon emissions, because oil prices go down and consumption increases in other nations.
- Changes in dietary patterns away from cereals toward meat and dairy products, especially in developing countries, increase pressure on land resources, and may cause a rise in food prices.
- Increase in global acreage under farming leads to clearing of pasture and forest lands, and large indirect emissions that offset some of the savings from replacing gasoline with ethanol and other biofuels.
Resources Magazine — Jan 7, 2016
The Impacts of Biofuel Mandates on Food Prices and Emissions
Renewable fuel standards have been blamed for rising food prices, but population growth and dietary shifts play a significant role.
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