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Polis (Santiago)

versión On-line ISSN 0718-6568

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RECOMPENSA JOSEPH, Lázaro Camilo et al. Biofuels: a strategy for development or for a sustainable lucrative market. Polis [online]. 2008, vol.7, n.21, pp.145-165. ISSN 0718-6568.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-65682008000200008.

This paper aims to analyze theoretical existing incompatibilities between the concept (and / or principies) of sustainable development and biofuels production based on the agribusiness model. In the first item we describe the main alerts issued through the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Report highlighting: a) the influence and role of human activities in the global warming process and environmental pollution, and b) the cost of opportunity in reducing C02 emissions. In the second item we point out the major foreign investors interested in biofuels production, placing some reflections regarding this "profitably sustainable" business. As last consideration, we deny the absolute belief on free market as the best source for innovation and learning in order to develop viable and environmentally sustainable energetic alternatives.

Palabras clave : Biofuels and sustainable development; Agribusiness; Agri energy and free market; local development; agricultural economy.

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