Tuesday Talk Q&A: Beyond Fuel Ethanol
Minnesotans have strong feelings about ethanol, with some calling it a homegrown fossil fuel alternative that produced an economic boom for rural economies and others labeling bio-fuels as an inefficient use of farm land that artificially drives up food prices?
Regardless of your take on ethanol, industry experts say that new technology can be deployed to produce a variety of biobased chemicals and second generation biofuels. The future of the industry should involve diversifying to produce both biofuels from non-food materials, and higher value biobased chemicals that can replace petroleum-based plastics, lubricants, solvents, and other materials.
This morning between 8-9:30, Brendan Jordan, Program Director for Bioenergy and Transportation Programs at the Great Plains Institute, joins us to discuss moving beyond fuel ethanol.
What’s your take on expanding this industry? Will it help preserve farm land for growing food?
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