Consequences of EU Biofuel Policies on Agricultural Production and Land Use

M.A.H. Banse, H. van Meijl, G.B. Woltjer

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    This article assesses the implications of European Union (EU) biofuel policies based on a general equilibrium framework with endogenous land supply. The results show that, without policy intervention to stimulate the use of biofuel crops, the targets set by the EU Biofuels Directive will not be met. European biofuel policies boosting demand for biofuel crops have a strong impact on agriculture globally and within Europe, leading to an increase in land use. On the other hand, the long–term declining trend in real agricultural prices may slow down or even reverse.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)22-27
    JournalChoices : the Magazine of Food, Farm and Resource Issues
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2008


    • agricultural policy
    • european union
    • land use
    • fuel crops
    • agricultural economics
    • biofuels
    • biobased economy


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