Editorial: Changes in ethanol policy could benefit Florida farmers
Charlotte Sun, Charlotte Harbor, FL. November 30, 2007

"Florida can take advantage of ethanol-from-corn backlash to get into
the cellulosic ethanol game.

Innovations in technology continue to astound us, but the
blink-and-you-miss-it changes in the nation's fuel strategies,
challenges and opportunities seem to come at us even faster. A report in
Wednesday's Wall Street Journal on the growing backlash against
corn-based ethanol is the latest example of this dynamic situation, and
one that may bode well for Florida.

Ethanol is produced by distilling into alcohol agricultural products
high in sugar such as corn. Proponents say another biofuel known as
cellulosic ethanol can be produced using non-food ingredients such as
citrus pulp and peel, sugar cane stalks, wood chips or even sawgrass.
The Florida Legislature has funded research and pilot programs using
cellulosic ethanol.

Biofuels hold such great promise for Florida for more than the obvious
reason of providing a new market for the state farmers. The state's
continued growth -- the population has risen by nearly 600,000 since
January 2006 despite the recent real estate slump -- will put more
pressure on farmers to sell their land without some incentive to keep
the property in agriculture. Biofuels not only would help preserve a
generations-old lifestyle for many families and communities, they would
make those areas more economically healthy."

Dr. Ann C. Wilkie                          Tel: (352)392-8699
Soil and Water Science Department          Fax: (352)392-7008
University of Florida-IFAS
P.O. Box 110960                         E-mail: [log in to unmask]
Gainesville, FL 32611-0960
Campus location: Environmental Microbiology Laboratory (Bldg. 246).
BioEnergy and Sustainable Technology Society