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Impact of United States Corn-based Ethanol Production on Land Use

  • Sobowale, Folakemi
  • Dicks, Michael R.
  • Campiche, Jody L.
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    The purpose of this research was to determine whether indirect land use occurs and if so to what extent. Indirect land use is a change from non-cropland to cropland (e.g. deforestation) that may occur in response to increasing scarcity of cropland. As farmers worldwide respond to higher crop prices in order to maintain the global food supply and demand balance, pristine lands are cleared and converted to new cropland to replace the crops for feed and food that were diverted elsewhere to biofuels production. We examine the impact of corn-based ethanol production in the United States on land use in other countries.

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    Paper provided by Southern Agricultural Economics Association in its series 2011 Annual Meeting, February 5-8, 2011, Corpus Christi, Texas with number 98854.

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    Date of creation: 2011
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    Handle: RePEc:ags:saea11:98854
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    1. Jacinto F. Fabiosa & John C. Beghin & Fengxia Dong & Amani Elobeid & Simla Tokgoz & Tun-Hsiang (Edward) Yu, 2009. "Land Allocation Effects of the Global Ethanol Surge: Predictions from the International FAPRI Model," Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) Publications 09-wp488, Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at Iowa State University.
    2. Torre Ugarte, Daniel de la & Walsh, Marie E. & Shapouri, Hosein & Slinsky, Stephen P., 2003. "The Economic Impacts of Bioenergy Crop Production on U.S. Crop Production," Agricultural Economics Reports 33997, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
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