Biofuel from non-food non-agriculture feedstock, such as algae, is now touted as a potential solution to many of the challenges facing first- and second-generation biofuel production. This paper seeks to determine the extent to which large-scale algae feedstock production addresses the food v fuel debate. It accomplishes this by expanding the boundaries of inquiry to encompass the resource use-production system within a dynamic framework. A theoretical system dynamic model is developed to illustrate the effect of increasing third-generation biofuels production on environmental and socio-economic sustainability. The model suggests competition for fertilizer will begin to influence food production costs, leading to potentially higher food prices. An implication of this research is that third-generation biofuels may not exhibit socio-economic sustainability as long as their feedback effect on food production is recognized. This paper lays down the foundation for examining sustainability within a systems framework.
|Keywords:||Sustainability, Biofuel, Algae, System Dynamic, Socioeconomic, Biodiesel, Food|
Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistant and IGERT Fellow, Department of Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, USA
Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, USA
Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, USA
Research Assistant, Department of Chemical Engineering, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, USA
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