[Plant-education] Re: Biofuels & Food Security (Vinson Doyle)

Vinson Doyle via plant-ed%40net.bio.net (by sonofvin At gmail.com)
Thu Dec 14 13:04:20 EST 2006


There is an interesting debate going on in Florida surrounding biofuels.

The Florida Native Plant Society is opposing an initiative to grow Arundo
donax
for biofuels due to its invasiveness.  Here is the .pdf of their policy
statement.
http://www.fnps.org/committees/policy/pdfs/policyarundo_policy_statement1.pdf

Vinson

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> From: Greg Harrington <Greg.Harrington At asu.edu>
> Subject: [Plant-education] Biofuels & Food Security
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> 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.
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> From: Susan Singer <ssinger At carleton.edu>
> Subject: Re: [Plant-education] Biofuels & Food Security
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> 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.
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> 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.
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> Best wishes,
> Susan
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> --On Wednesday, December 13, 2006 10:26 AM -0700 Greg Harrington
> <Greg.Harrington At asu.edu> wrote:
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> > 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
> > ***************
> > Greg Harrington
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> > Assistant Professor of Plant Biology
> > Department of Integrated Natural Sciences
> > Arizona State University at the West campus
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> > 4701 W Thunderbird Road
> > Glendale, AZ 85306
> > USA
> > Tel: (+1) 602-543-6051
> > Fax: (+1) 602-543-6073
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