I agree that companies deforesting land to plant bio-fuel is a bad idea environmentally and socially, however, I am also amazed that many conservation organization's use these situations to protest valid projects. I do not know if they are intentionally spreading misinformation to push an agenda or are just to spread thin or lazy with their fact checking. A good example is two large scale Jatropha projects in Kenya, one company is clearing out forests to plant and another is using deforested marginal & semi marginal land. The main key to a recent Yale report was prior land use: 1. If the crop is planted on land that was already cleared or degraded, then additional carbon is stored and emissions reductions can exceed the 60 percent baseline. Example, Tana Delta Jatropha Project 2. If Jatropha is planted on land previously covered in forest, shrubs or native grasses, benefits may disappear altogether. Example, Dakatcha Woodlands Jatropha Project. Opponents as well as proponents need to understand the context of the situation when discussing the facts of biofuel production. Thank you for listening. (www.worldagroforestry.org/downloads/publications/…/B16599.PDF) http://www.hardmanandco.com/…/Jatropha%20Sector%20Report%20(Final).pdf http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/11/idUS165579253420110411
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