Biofuels no longer realistic, says expert
THE biofuels ‘bubble has burst’, one expert has claimed.
Prof Denis Murphy of the University of Glamorgan said the realisation crops were being diverted away from much-needed food production meant their role as energy providers was diminishing fast.
“I personally would not invest in a biodiesel plant in the UK,” he added at the NFU Cymru conference this week.
The emergence of second generation biofuel crops such as grass or tropical vegetation not being grown for food might be an option, but were still a long way off reality.
He also said the first generation of GM crops, which were commercialised in 1996, had been ‘moderately successful’, but contained only two modified traits, herbicide and pest resistance.
Second-generation GM crops, with a much wider range of traits, were under development with more farmer and consumer relevant traits, such as improved food quality, drought tolerance and disease resistance.