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A Pathway to Energy and Food Security with Biodiesel

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Journal of Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems
Volume 4, Issue 3, September 2016, pp 242-261
DOI: https://doi.org/10.13044/j.sdewes.2016.04.0020
Maria A. de Paula Dias1 , Antonio S. Haddad Alves2, João N. de Souza Vianna3
1 Center for Sustainable Development, University of Brasilia, SQSW 303 Bloco I AP 305, Brasilia, DF Brazil
2 Center for Sustainable Development, University of Brasilia, QI 01 Bloco H ap 107, Guara I, Brasilia, DF Brazil
3 Center for Sustainable Development, University of Brasilia, Campus Darci Ribeiro, Centro de Desenvolvimento Sustentavel, Brasilia, DF Brazil


The simultaneous rise in commodity prices and the global production of biofuels, between 2007 and 2008, strengthened discussions, which persist currently, about the competition of land use between biofuel production and food production. The objective of this paper is to compare and evaluate the arguments from both sides. The methodology used was an analysis of the relevant and comprehensive reports and manuscripts on the topic, comparing them to the available data from international organizations and agencies. Biodiesel received special attention in this analysis. The conclusion is that hunger and poverty problems are due to structural and historical roots and they do not have a cause-effect relationship with biodiesel production. In fact, the production of biodiesel, under specific regulatory and production conditions, can be a driver of economic development improving energy security and promoting social inclusion in poor countries, which still have land available for agriculture.

Keywords: Food security, Energy security, Biofuels, Biodiesel, Fuel x food.

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