Food Security

Does Biofuel Production Threaten Food Security?


It is anticipated that in 2050 there will be more than nine million people sharing the limited resources that this planet has to offer. As the population grows globally, it will become especially difficult to sustainably provide sufficient food, water and energy to the world’s population. According to FAO data, in order to provide sufficient food to over 9 billion people, food production will need to be raised by 50% from present levels. Simultaneously there will be increased demand for biofuels as a source of energy in order to decrease the global reliance on fossil fuels. “First generation” biofuels are produced from extremely valuable food sources like soy, palm and rape seed oils and other crops like maize, wheat, or sugar cane, it will be extremely difficult to comply with environmental goals and feed the world’s growing population. Only dramatic changes in how we generate and utilize energy and use agricultural produce will allow us to handle this potential future crisis.

In Food Security and Biofuels, Dr. Walter Spiess explores the future effects on food security stemming from the increase on the demand for agriculture products and the increased use of biofuels as a source of energy and the means by which solutions may be found.

The full Food Security and Biofuels article available here.