A recent study published in the trade journal Biomass and Bioenergy concludes that there is no evidence of food price increases because of biofuels. There’s also no evidence of other lands converting to agriculture because of biofuel.
The Hagstrom Report says the National Wildlife Federation had reached a different conclusion using satellite data. This most recent study was conducted by scientists at the University of Idaho and the Agriculture Department. It was funded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, as well as the USDA Office of the Chief Economist.
The study findings say, “The use of satellite data is prone to error in classifying certain land uses, such as distinguishing between cropland used to grow hay and pasture land for grazing. Although an automated satellite image classification provides a convenient way to quantify land use change, the results could be highly misleading if not carefully verified.” The study was also highlighted in a recent news release from the Renewable Fuels Association.