View Full Version : 1 bn acres of unused agricultural land world wide could produce biofuels

30th June 2008, 11:30 PM
(automatically updated/inserted from The Big Biofuels Blog)

1 bn acres of unused agricultural land world wide could produce biofuels, according to the Stanford News Service in a piece called Feeding and fuelling the future: the bioenergy potential of reviving abandoned agricultural land (http://news-service.stanford.edu/news/2008/july9/biofuel-070908.html).
The authors estimate that this is about a quarter of the total agricultural land in use. Land is abandoned for a number of reasons, but plants could fix nitrogen and carbon to help them recover as well as provide biofuels.

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Alan Green
1st July 2008, 07:41 AM
Hi bio Simon

This is a great subject to discuss,i was chatting to our local labour rep last week, and we were trying to figure out how we could contibute to put the unemployed to work, i mentioned to him obout abandoned land in and oround our area, and he came back to me and said that he found 50 hectares of land that was in a deceased estate, and due to the estate bieng insolvent, it was handed to the local city councill, we then approached them and we were given the land on a 99 year lease for a few pennys per month, we have since formed a joint venture and will be planting Sunflower, to convert to bio fuel, and we will be employing approx 150 people to work the land, i think this is a great idea, and once we get it up and running, we would like to expand to other cities and towns.

Best Regards
Alan Green