[Plant-education] Biofuels & Food Security
(by ssinger At carleton.edu)
Wed Dec 13 20:03:26 EST 2006
For biofuels, I recommend David Tilman's recent Science paper -
Carbon-negative biofuels from low-input, high diversity grassland biomass.
Science 314: 1598. His group also had an earlier paper this year on the
relative energy inputs into corn-based ethanol and biodiesel.
The Department of Energy has many references on biofuels as this is a
current funding initiative. If you're interested in a corn-based ethanol
case study in progress, my township (Bridgewater Township) in Minnesota
just passed a resolution yesterday to take over our own zoning and planning
instead of using county planning and zoning laws. The impetus behind this
for our small rural township is the strong push by a firm to build the
largest corn-based ethanol plant in the country in our township. The amount
of discussion (from rural aesthetics to the lack of sense from an energetic
perspective) in a township of 2000 has been unbelievable.
--On Wednesday, December 13, 2006 10:26 AM -0700 Greg Harrington
<Greg.Harrington At asu.edu> wrote:
> I am teaching a general plant bio course called Human Uses of Plants as a
> capstone course and intend to include food security (handling during
> harvest/post-harvest, pesticide testing, etc) and biofuels as two topic
> areas. Can anyone suggst useful government documents or other resources
> for these topics?
> With thanks.
> Greg Harrington
> Assistant Professor of Plant Biology
> Department of Integrated Natural Sciences
> Arizona State University at the West campus
> CLCC 315E
> 4701 W Thunderbird Road
> Glendale, AZ 85306
> Tel: (+1) 602-543-6051
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Susan R. Singer
Laurence McKinley Gould Professor of the Natural Sciences
Department of Biology
Northfield, MN 55057
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