The Problem is the Solution: the Role of Biofuels in the Transition to a Regenerative Agriculture

  • Daniel G. De La Torre Ugarte
  • Chad C. Hellwinckel
Part of the Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry book series (AGRICULTURE, volume 66)


Due to the rapid rate of soil loss, fossil energy dependence and climate change gases associated with industrial agriculture, the current model cannot provide sustainable food or energy in the future. It is imperative that international agricultural and energy policies be coordinated so that a transition to new regenerative systems can be achieved. Biofuels can play a key role in this transition by increasing long-term prices of all commodities, thereby creating the opportunity for farmers to invest in regenerative practices. Such a policy must be implemented simultaneously with national and international investments in research, extension and infrastructure of regenerative agriculture.


Food Security Food Price Commodity Price Regenerative Practice Environmental Footprint 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel G. De La Torre Ugarte
    • 1
  • Chad C. Hellwinckel
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Agricultural and Resource EconomicsThe University of TennesseeKnoxvilleUSA

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