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March 2001

Energy for and from agriculture

Gustavo Best

Senior Energy Coordinator,
Environment and Natural Resources Service (SDRN)


From an energy perspective, agriculture has a double role: it is an energy user and an energy producer. All stages of the food chain require one form of energy or another, and renewable energies such as biomass, solar and wind, could make an important contribution to its sustainability and productivity, through technologies useful in irrigation, mechanization, processing, conservation, transport, etc. These possibilities and reviewed and the potential of agricultural products and residues as renewable bioenergy with social, environmental and economic benefits are stressed.



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