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A new report released from researchers in the Netherlands shows that current models assessing the impact of crops grown for biofuel production on land use do not accurately reflect current production and land use realities.
FAO statistics on crop production and land use in the period 2000 to 2010 show that the impact of biofuel expansion on land use has been limited. An increase of 14 million ha was noted in 34 major biofuel producing nations over a period of a decade. During the same period, increased cropping intensity generated over 42 million ha of extra crop land – three times the biofuel expansion. Further, an area of 31 million ha of agricultural area was lost (amongst other due to urbanization) in the USA, the EU, China and South Africa.
The facts that have been used by Big Oil to say how bad biofuel production is are way out of date. This data shows how much farmers have increased food production while producing fuel for the world.