Use of U.S. Croplands for Biofuels Increases Greenhouse Gases Through Emissions from Land-Use Change

@article{Searchinger2008UseOU,
  title={Use of U.S. Croplands for Biofuels Increases Greenhouse Gases Through Emissions from Land-Use Change},
  author={T. Searchinger and R. Heimlich and R. Houghton and F. Dong and Amani Elobeid and Jacinto F. Fabiosa and S. Tokgoz and D. Hayes and T. Yu},
  journal={Science},
  year={2008},
  volume={319},
  pages={1238 - 1240}
}
Most prior studies have found that substituting biofuels for gasoline will reduce greenhouse gases because biofuels sequester carbon through the growth of the feedstock. These analyses have failed to count the carbon emissions that occur as farmers worldwide respond to higher prices and convert forest and grassland to new cropland to replace the grain (or cropland) diverted to biofuels. By using a worldwide agricultural model to estimate emissions from land-use change, we found that corn-based… Expand
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