SANTIAGO, Aug 6 (Tierramérica).- The Latin America regional office of the Food and
Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
has recommended that Chile incorporate bioenergy
into its energy mix.
FAO acknowledged that Chile has a limited amount
of agricultural raw materials and arable land
available for the cultivation of biofuel crops,
but maintains that there are new opportunities for
bioenergy expansion through alternative raw
Ecologist Juan Pablo Orrego told Tierramérica that
the range of uses of biomass for energy production
is very wide and that “it should be kept in mind
that in nature, nothing is lost.”
However, he added, there are some alternatives
that are particularly ecologically sound and
efficient, such as the production of biogas from
On the other hand, he said, “we believe that the
utilization of biofuels, by using land to grow
crops to produce fuel, is rather complicated.”
*Source: Inter Press Service.
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