21 Jul '11, 5pm

Biodiesel's energy balance is far and away positive. 1 unit of fossil energy=5.5 units of renewable energy gained:

"In addition to improved energy efficiency at processing facilities, soybean growers have accomplished greater yields with lower inputs of water and fertilizer per bushel, even as cropland has declined," said Jim Duffield, USDA senior agricultural economist, who co-authored all three life cycle analysis studies. "Biodiesel deserves some credit for this progress - the demand it creates is helping to drive the new technologies that make American agriculture more efficient."

Full article: http://www.biodiesel.org/news/pressreleases/20110720_5to1...

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