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Selecting Metrics for Sustainable Bioenergy Feedstocks

When we think about sustainable bioenergy feedstocks in the United States, we ask ourselves what we will grow, where we will grow it, and how much we will grow. We also must consider the local as well as the broad-scale implications. From the perspective of landscape ecology, we tend to look at the broader scales. It is one of the big challenges of bioenergy, not just looking at what happens to the local farmer but thinking about broader implications. From a global perspective, we also need to ask the same questinos, how much, what type and where? We also need to understand what drives land-use change to determine how we can address causes of land-use change equitably in order to foster social benefits as well as economic and environmental benefits across the board. A number of reports on the topic of sustainable bioenergy are currently being published, which reflects the increasing number of groups that are working on this issue of land-use change and equity. This topic is an international issue and presents an opportunity for international cooperation.

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Virginia Dale
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Center for BioEnergy Sustainability, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
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