Agrofuels are currently very popular in the media but they are also widely criticized by some environmentalists who condemn them systematically.
This condemnation of biofuels in the broad sense is mainly due to the influence they have on the price of cereals and consequently on the capacity of agriculture to feed humans, which is, let us remember, its primary function. For more details on this subject read the new agrofuel, eat or drive is this the right question?
But too often these condemnations (justified for some but not in other cases) are quickly generalized to all biofuels, something difficult to accept because they are false in many cases, i.e. on the biofuels of 2ieme and 3ieme generation!
We would therefore like to propose a definition distinction between the concepts of agrofuels and biofuels according to the following very simple criterion:
- Agrofuel: fuel made from food or food plants. Example: ethanol made from corn or wheat.
- Biofuel: fuel made from non-food biological resources (for humans or our farms). Example: ethanol produced from woody waste (wood).
Thus we would find the notion of agriculture for agrofuels and this would make it possible to stop the amalgamation which systematically condemns all biofuels because 3 multinationals have decided to currently develop the worst agrofuels in terms of overall energy balance ...
Any reaction to this proposal is welcome: Agrofuel or biofuel? It's necessary to choose