Get Your Green on with Biofuels

Joanna Schroeder

According to Fuels America, the biofuels industry is getting its green on with improved sustainability measures adopted throughout the biofuel chain. The chain – from farm to fiber to fuel– is meeting needs for energy, food and fiber in a more environmentally sensitive manner each day. During a press call this week, farmers and ethanol industry experts gave a briefing on the increased sustainability measures taken Go Greenin renewable fuel production from farm to fuel tank.

Despite significant efficiencies in water use, energy efficiency, and soil and land conservation, ethanol opponents are still insisting that biofuels are non environmentally friendly. But the agricultural industry and the biofuels industry explain this is simply not true. During the briefing, expert Fred Yoder, farmer and pas president of the National Corn Growers Association touted some of the new sustainable farming and harvesting technologies and noted that his father said he would leave the land is better health to his son and that he must pass on the land in better condition that it arrived to him.

Yoder was joined with Jan Koninkx, business director for biofuels with DuPont. The company is in construction of a commercial scale cellulosic plant in Nevada Iowa that when in production, will produce cellulosic ethanol from corn cobs and corn stover.

Finally, Adam Monroe, president of Novozymes North America, talked about the cutting edge enzymes they have developed with partners throughout the biofuels chain to help improve the fermentation and ultimate production of biofuels.

Listen to the full briefing here: Get Your Green on with Biofuels

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