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The general problem faced as the world population reflects the benefits of using biofuels as a renewable source of energy is whether or not using foodstuffs as energy is morally correct when there are many that are impoverished and starving. In the developing world, nearly one billion people go hungry each day (Reeves, 2004). With those statistics, many argue that biofuels pose an immediate threat to impoverished nations. However, the increased production and distribution of biofuels may be the answer for food security doubts. Former Brazilian president Luiz Inàcio Lula da Silva commented on the benefits of the use of biofuels stating that biofuel technology “presents a great opportunity for African, Asian, and Latin American countries to bridge the gap between rich and poor nations by producing more biofuel crops and exporting them” (Boddiger, 2007).
Fuel will not be produced immediately, but they will be building or acquiring ethanol and biodiesel production plants in the near future (Cornell 1). With the ever‐rising prices of fossil fuels and the realization that our supply is severely limited, the need for an alternative energy source is rising steadily. Clearly the most efficient of the alternative options lies in bio fuels because they are naturally grown and thus have an unlimited supply, have virtually zero emissions, and can be us... ... middle of paper ... ...n, Olst, et al. “The Controlled Eutrophication Process: Using Microalgae for CO2 Utilization & Agricultural Fertilizer Recycling”. June 2004.
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Creating fuel from such sources solves one of the predominant problems that the world will face very soon, fossil fuel depletion. Because biofuels are gained from plants and organic waste, they are practically limitless and certainly renewable.(ibid.) The case for biofuels can also be made on its potential for mitigating climate change. In replacing a part of the fossil fuel market and reusing waste, in form of oils an... ... middle of paper ... ...s, A. 2008.
The hope of many Bio-fuel advocates is that the domestic production and use of these various fuels will help too reducing our dependence on foreign oil thus securing our energy Independence and strengthening our economy (Cleveland). What are some of the different types of Bio-fuel? There are many different types of Bio-fuels in use today and many others in development. The two most common forms of Bio-fuel are Bioethanol and Biodiesel. Bioethanol is an alcohol based fuel which is most often derived via the fermentation of the sugar components of biomass by yeast or bacteria and is by far the world’s most common form of Bio-fuel.