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

David R. Hershey via plant-ed%40net.bio.net (by dh321 At excite.com)
Tue Dec 19 19:17:38 EST 2006


A. The previously-mentioned BioScience editorial by David Pimentel and
Tad Patzek on "Green Plants, Fossil Fuels, and Now Biofuels" is
available online:
http://www.aibs.org/bioscience-editorials/editorial_2006_11.html

B. The DVD of Al Gore's movie, "An Inconvenient Truth", is about global
warming rather than biofuels but does present many possible ways to
reduce greenhouse gas production. One often-claimed advantage for use
of biofuels is a reduction in greenhouse gas production. The official
website has an educational guide.
http://www.climatecrisis.net/

C. An interesting statistic on fossil fuels:
Bad Mileage: 98 tons of plants per gallon
http://www.innovations-report.de/html/berichte/energie_elektrotechnik/bericht-22773.html

Dukes, J.S. 2003. Burning buried sunshine: Human consumption of ancient
solar energy. Climatic Change, 61(1-2): 31-44.
http://globalecology.stanford.edu/DGE/Dukes/downloadok.html

D. Rocky Mountain Institute - Offers innovative solutions for energy
and environmental problems.
http://www.rmi.org/

E. Debate on the key question of whether corn ethanol would be an
economically viable biofuel industry if not for multi-billion dollar
annual government subsidies for corn farmers and billion dollar annual
subsidies for biofuels.

Environmental Working Group. 2006. Corn Subsidies in United States.
http://www.ewg.org/farm/progdetail.php?fips=00000&progcode=corn

Schoen, John W. 2006. Ethanol: Boon or boondoggle? MSNBC. Nov. 19.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3540967/

Mathieu, Emily. 2006. The ethanol enigma: Is the ethanol-fuel industry
a subsidized boondoggle or an environmental savior? National Post
August 12.
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/financialpost/story.html?id=31a69053-2d65-4c26-985e-5fe18fd362d2

Hassett, Kevin A.. 2006. Ethanol's a big scam, and Bush has fallen for
it. American Enterprise Institute. Feb. 13.
http://www.aei.org/publications/pubID.23871,filter.all/pub_detail.asp

2006. Drunk on ethanol. BusinessWeek May 15.
http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/06_20/b3984079.htm

2005. Biofuels: Stirrings in the corn fields. The Economist May 12.
http://www.economist.com/printedition/displayStory.cfm?Story_ID=3960775

The Benefits of Biodiesel: Is "biofuel" as green as it seems?
http://www.electrifyingtimes.com/bio-beetle_motavalli.html

MacLean, Matthew 2002. When corn is king. Christian Science Monitor
Oct. 31.
http://www.csmonitor.com/2002/1031/p17s01-lihc.html



David R. Hershey
http://www.angelfire.com/ab6/hershey/bio.htm





William E Williams wrote:
> For a brief statement on ethanol, see the editorial in the most
> recent BioScience (2006. 56(11):875) by David Pimentel and Tad
> Patzek. Bottom line: "Growing crops to provide fuel squanders
> resources; better options to reduce our dependence on oil are
> available."
>
> -W2
>
> On Dec 14, 2006, at 1:04 PM, Vinson Doyle wrote:
>
> > 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
> >
> > On 12/14/06, plant-ed-request At oat.bio.indiana.edu <
> > plant-ed-request At oat.bio.indiana.edu> wrote:
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> >> Message: 1
> >> Date: Wed, 13 Dec 2006 10:26:33 -0700
> >> From: Greg Harrington <Greg.Harrington At asu.edu>
> >> Subject: [Plant-education] Biofuels & Food Security
> >> To: <plant-ed At magpie.bio.indiana.edu>
> >> Message-ID: <C1A585D9.4AEC%Greg.Harrington At asu.edu>
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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
> >>
> >> 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
> >> USA
> >> Tel: (+1) 602-543-6051
> >> Fax: (+1) 602-543-6073
> >> ***************
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> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> ------------------------------
> >>
> >> Message: 2
> >> Date: Wed, 13 Dec 2006 19:03:26 -0600
> >> From: Susan Singer <ssinger At carleton.edu>
> >> Subject: Re: [Plant-education] Biofuels & Food Security
> >> To: Greg Harrington <Greg.Harrington At asu.edu>,
> >>         plant-ed At magpie.bio.indiana.edu
> >> Message-ID: <6EF068149722AEF0BC7AA056 At SSINGER35737.carleton.edu>
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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.
> >>
> >> 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.
> >>
> >> Best wishes,
> >> Susan
> >>
> >> --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
> >> > ***************
> >> > 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
> >> > USA
> >> > Tel: (+1) 602-543-6051
> >> > Fax: (+1) 602-543-6073
> >> > ***************
> >> >
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> >> Susan R. Singer
> >> Laurence McKinley Gould Professor of the Natural Sciences
> >> Department  of Biology
> >> Carleton College
> >> Northfield, MN 55057
> >>
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