Splash and Dash: The perils of subsidy

Attributed Authors: David Freddoso Published: Apr 2008

"Absolutely not," says Doug Koplow of the Cambridge, Mass.-based group Earth Track. He pointed to the fact that biofuel plantations often require the destruction of rainforests, causing greater net carbon emissions and destroying animal habitats. “You can say we’re growing crops for biofuels from pre-existing farmland, but then the offsetting food production begins to cut into natural habitat," he added. “There's a lot of concern that biofuels production is causing environmental damage." Moreover, the world’s environmentalist community has all but lost faith in the idea that biofuels themselves help to begin with.

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