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Biomass Is the Next Biofuel 'Land Grab' on Tropical Forests, Warn Campaigners


Environment  (tags: biomass, energy, destruction, environment, conservation, humans, nature, pollution, habitatdestruction, green, trees, politics )

Cal
- 1015 days ago - theecologist.org
Just as biofuels have gobbled up farmland that should have been growing food so the push on biomass by Monsanto, Cargill and others will see an 'unprecedented' grab on land, plants and biodiverse-rich forests



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Aletta Kraan (146)
Tuesday December 6, 2011, 7:03 pm
Noted , thanks !
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Tuesday December 6, 2011, 7:59 pm
Thanks for this article.
 

William K. (328)
Tuesday December 6, 2011, 8:21 pm
Worrisome. So our population has topped 7 billion now, and instead of investing in other renewable energy sources, they want divert land from agriculture and forests?
 

pam w. (191)
Tuesday December 6, 2011, 9:28 pm
DAMMIT!
 

Daniel Partlow (189)
Wednesday December 7, 2011, 9:08 am
Why can't we see the value of renewable energy sources. Solar, wind, geo thermal, and ocean current are all means that do not deplete our world. We need to start doing more sooner!
 

Julianna D. (18)
Wednesday December 7, 2011, 10:17 am
Noted, Thanks!
 

Lindsay Kemp (1)
Wednesday December 7, 2011, 10:40 am
Oh dear - this doesn't look good! After all the information and opinions posted on CARE2 website!
 

Gary C. (5)
Wednesday December 7, 2011, 10:50 am
Noted thankyou....
 

Barbara Goheen (0)
Wednesday December 7, 2011, 1:48 pm
Noted , thanks !
 

Bruce Van Tassell (7)
Wednesday December 7, 2011, 2:29 pm
We must stop this destroying is not the way to green we've already proven that. Working with bacteria,algeas,there will be more discoveries for alternative energy lets go with what we have wind and solar for now. Corporations are worried hey we can't get gigantic profits from this save the planet bah humbug.
 

Tony S. (0)
Wednesday December 7, 2011, 7:00 pm
It's time to once again reconsider the growth of hemp for fuel! All we here in the US would need would be 6 -10% of the farm-able land for industrial hemp production and we'd pretty much be set!
 

Dave C. (214)
Wednesday December 7, 2011, 7:28 pm
one way or another we will destroy the good in this world...our home, the earth has a finite carrying capacity and we are getting closer to it every day....either by living too large or living too many......quickest easiest most affordable way to start would be to conserve, reduce,.....then reuse, recycle, compost, plant trees and not destroy further.....then we have to use cleaner/greener energy and use safer biofuels.....there is no planet b for life.....
 

ellen m. (222)
Wednesday December 7, 2011, 8:51 pm
And planes are flying on it and being retro-fitted for it as we speak...
 

David Anderson (70)
Wednesday December 7, 2011, 11:14 pm
Biomass fuels can be made from a great many things including and especially the trash we have such a difficult time getting rid of. Restaurant waste and vegetable production waste are excellent sources as well. The only caveat is that hacking sown forests is apparently cheaper and/or faster and easier.
 

Alexandra Rodda (176)
Thursday December 8, 2011, 1:36 am
There is no other way than clean renewable energy. Here's the website:

http://www.beyondzeroemissions.org

Biomass fuel causes global warming as much as fossil fuel.
 

ewoud k. (73)
Thursday December 8, 2011, 1:36 am
The basic idea behind this story is a good one, biomass for energy and some "green"products, but as usual, when Big Money picks up a good idea, it turns BAD.

There's a lot of waste that can create biofuel, but the generated profits must be lower.

Stopping this might be even harder than stopping Big Oil.
 

Penelope P. (222)
Thursday December 8, 2011, 4:52 am
seems crazy The reason for using alternate fuels is to prevent more carbon creation-The current offsets to the dangers of carbon creation are being demolished to create less danger from carbon-It sure is an Alice in Wonderland world we only need the Jabberwocky
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 8, 2011, 5:46 am
noted
 

Jytte Nhanenge (64)
Thursday December 8, 2011, 11:46 pm
Thank you Cal, for a great post. Since it relates to the bio-tech industries I have cross-posted it to our group Global Alliance to Ban GMOs. If anyone wants to join our group, please click, here is the home page:

http://www.care2.com/c2c/group/BanGMOs

But because it relates to deforestation as well, I have also cross-post in our group Forests and Trees. If anyone is interested to join, feel welcome, this is the homepage:
http://www.care2.com/c2c/group/ForestsandTrees

Those are good post you are finding dear Cal, you keep me ever busy :)

 

Bonnie B. (103)
Sunday December 11, 2011, 12:48 am
Thank you Cal, for a another great post. I actually have some hope for the Earth because once we wipe ourselves out I believe it will recover, it will take some time, but the Earth has time...it's humans that don't if they don't get their heads out of there you know whats! And if the Earth has any sentience it will be hoping homo sapians sapiens never rises from the muck again.
 

peggy p. (43)
Wednesday December 14, 2011, 9:18 pm
BUSINESS AS USUAL FOR THEM
 

Harsha Vardhana R (57)
Friday December 16, 2011, 12:51 am
Solar, geo-thermal, wind or tidal - can't be monopolized by multi-billion companies. So they would prefer bio-fuel .
 
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