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Academy of sciences advises caution on biofuels

Germany’s academy of sciences, Leopoldina, has criticised the use of bioenergy, saying that energy derived from the burning of plant material could never make a substantial contribution to the German energy market.

Bioenergy, particularly biofuels, needs much more land than other energy sources, and can be produced only with high emissions from farm machinery, the Leopoldina states. In addition, biofuels compete with food production for land, and add to the deterioration of land through high fertilizer use.

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