Agro-Energy in the 21st Century

Latin America has recently instigated a dramatic expansion of agro-energy production as a strategy to reduce dependence on petroleum, promote agricultural growth and mitigate the effects of climate change. What are the impacts of this expansion of biodiesel and biofuel crops on local livelihoods, environments and biodiversity? To find answers to this and other related questions, scientists from the Earth Institute for Environmental Sustainability have established a program called “Agro-Energy in the 21st Century.” The program introduces a systems approach to assess the impacts and possible interventions associated with biodiesel and biofuel production.

The systems approach involves the following components:

This project is lead by Miguel Pinedo-Vasquez of the Earth Institute for Environmental Sustainability and Christine Padoch of the New York Botanical Garden.