Last updated on: 3/4/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Biography

Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“Liquid biofuels are likely to replace only a small share of global energy supplies and cannot alone eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels. Land requirements for feedstock production would be too extensive to allow displacement of fossil fuels on a larger scale. The introduction of second-generation biofuels based on lignocellulosic feedstocks could greatly expand potential, but for the foreseeable future liquid biofuels would still be able to supply only a small portion of global transport energy and an even smaller portion of total global energy.”

“Biofouels: Prospects, Risks and Opportunities,” www.fao.org, 2008

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. FAO is also a source of knowledge and information. We help developing countries and countries in transition modernize and improve agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices and ensure good nutrition for all. Since our founding in 1945, we have focused special attention on developing rural areas, home to 70 percent of the world’s poor and hungry people.”

“About FAO,” www.fao.org (accessed May 7, 2008)

Mission:

“Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO’s efforts – to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives.

FAO’s mandate is to raise levels of nutrition, improve agricultural productivity, better the lives of rural populations and contribute to the growth of the world economy.”

“FAO’s mandate,” www.fao.org (accessed May 7, 2008)

Other:
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Quoted in:
  1. What Are Biofuels?
  2. Will the Development of Biofuels, Such as Ethanol, Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions?