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Frontiers of Economics and Globalization

ISSN: 1574-8715
Series editor(s): Professor Hamid Beladi, Professor E. Kwan Choi

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Chapter 9 Biotechnology and Biofuel

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Title:Chapter 9 Biotechnology and Biofuel
Author(s):Steven E. Sexton, David Zilberman
Volume:10 Editor(s): Colin A. Carter, GianCarlo Moschini, Ian Sheldon ISBN: 978-0-85724-757-5 eISBN: 978-0-85724-758-2
Citation:Steven E. Sexton, David Zilberman (2011), Chapter 9 Biotechnology and Biofuel, in Colin A. Carter, GianCarlo Moschini, Ian Sheldon (ed.) Genetically Modified Food and Global Welfare (Frontiers of Economics and Globalization, Volume 10), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.225-242
DOI:10.1108/S1574-8715(2011)0000010014 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Article type:Chapter Item

Purpose – To identify how agricultural biotechnology addresses the two challenges facing agriculture: to feed a world growing to 9 billion people by 2050 and to provide a liquid fuel alternative to petroleum.

Design –This chapter relies on econometric modeling, a review of existing literature, and diagrammatic modeling to articulate the impact of agricultural biotechnology on food and energy markets.

Findings –Agricultural biotechnology reduces the tension between food security and biofuel production. It reduces volatility in food and fuel markets and can mitigate risk to biofuel processors.

Originality – The analysis is original although it relies on previous research to some extent. The analysis is compared to and contrasted with related work.

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