Monday, May 23, 2011

Paper finds no empirical link between biofuels, land use changes

"An empirical approach is used to detect evidence for iLUC that might be catalyzed by United States biofuel production through a “bottom-up”, data-driven, statistical approach. Results show that biofuel production in the United States from 2002 to 2007 is not significantly correlated with changes in croplands for corn (coarse grain) plus soybean in regions of the world which are corn (coarse grain) and soybean trading partners of the United States. "


“Indirect Land Use Change for Biofuels: Testing Predictions and Improving Analytical Methodologies” Biomass and Bioenergy.  Seungdo Kim and Bruce Dale. Michigan State University.