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Using Energy Crops for Biofuels or Food: The Choice

  • Annoula Paschalidou
  • Michael Tsatiris
  • Kyriaki Kitikidou
  • Christina Papadopoulou

Part of the Green Energy and Technology book series (GREEN)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Annoula Paschalidou, Michael Tsatiris, Kyriaki Kitikidou, Christina Papadopoulou
    Pages 1-9
  3. Annoula Paschalidou, Michael Tsatiris, Kyriaki Kitikidou, Christina Papadopoulou
    Pages 11-24
  4. Annoula Paschalidou, Michael Tsatiris, Kyriaki Kitikidou, Christina Papadopoulou
    Pages 25-30
  5. Annoula Paschalidou, Michael Tsatiris, Kyriaki Kitikidou, Christina Papadopoulou
    Pages 31-34
  6. Annoula Paschalidou, Michael Tsatiris, Kyriaki Kitikidou, Christina Papadopoulou
    Pages 35-38
  7. Annoula Paschalidou, Michael Tsatiris, Kyriaki Kitikidou, Christina Papadopoulou
    Pages 39-44
  8. Annoula Paschalidou, Michael Tsatiris, Kyriaki Kitikidou, Christina Papadopoulou
    Pages 45-83
  9. Annoula Paschalidou, Michael Tsatiris, Kyriaki Kitikidou, Christina Papadopoulou
    Pages 85-96
  10. Annoula Paschalidou, Michael Tsatiris, Kyriaki Kitikidou, Christina Papadopoulou
    Pages 97-100
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 101-105

About this book

Introduction

This book performs a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis to examine the current food crisis and how it relates to the use of crops for energy. It analyses how energy crops may help solve humankind’s environmental changes and summarises the economic and practical changes of cultivating and utilising energy crops. Two of humanity’s greatest challenges are the need for more food production as well as growing demands for energy. Biofuel cultivation has been identified as a solution to growing energy use, and biomass power plants offer a rare renewable energy source that requires only basic technology.

In this context, a dilemma arises concerning whether energy crops should be used for energy or to help remedy the food crisis. SWOT analysis allows us to organise and weigh different pros and cons against each other in terms of economics, job creation, environmental impacts, the climate change agenda, and European Union (EU) directive
s that promote biofuels over fossil fuels. By pursuing this approach, the book helps researchers and decision-makers cut through the many competing arguments in connection with this complex subject.

Keywords

Energy Crops Swot Energy Demand Food Crisis Biomass Power Plants Bioenergy Food Energy Nexus Biofuel Production Industry

Authors and affiliations

  • Annoula Paschalidou
    • 1
  • Michael Tsatiris
    • 2
  • Kyriaki Kitikidou
    • 3
  • Christina Papadopoulou
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Forestry and Management of the Environment and Natural ResourcesDemocritus University of ThraceOrestiadaGreece
  2. 2.Department of Forestry and Management of the Environment and Natural ResourcesDemocritus University of ThraceOrestiadaGreece
  3. 3.Department of Forestry and Management of the Environment and Natural ResourcesDemocritus University of ThraceOrestiadaGreece
  4. 4.Aristotle University of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-63943-7
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Energy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-63942-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-63943-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1865-3529
  • Series Online ISSN 1865-3537
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