EPA urged to pursue non-food based biofuels

EPA urged to pursue non-food based biofuels

Members of Congress sent a letter to the U.S. EPA encouraging it to pursue the development of cellulosic biofuels as alternatives to ethanol.

Beside cellulosic biofuels, other fuels that do not contribute to rising food prices and environmental concerns should be considered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as it evaluates the impact of renewable fuel standards.

Approximately 25% of America’s corn crop was diverted to produce ethanol in 2007 and 30 to 35% will be diverted in 2008.

The letter encourages the use of cellulosic biofuel, noting that cellulosic biofuel could displace one-third or more of domestic gasoline supplies, could significantly reduce the price of gasoline and could reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fuels by 80% or more, while fuels derived from corn and other crops will displace only about 4% of America’s gasoline supplies this year.

Source: American Meat Institute (AMI)

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