(37d) Pan American Issues on Biofuel Sustainability

Shonnard, D. R., Michigan Technological University

Biofuels are in rapid development in many Pan American countries, yet the nature and extent of impacts on social and environmental systems from large-scale biofuel development are not well understood.  This talk will explore sustainability issues across a broad set of impacts and in different Pan American countries and will begin to outline important research gaps.  A future research agenda to overcome these knowledge gaps would help establish a new and growing biofuels industry onto a sustainable path.