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Agriculture for producing both fuel and food: Optimism and prudence for India

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Yogesh Bhatt, Nilabja Ghosh and M. Rajeshwor

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Indian Journal of Economics and Development
Year : 2015, Volume : 11, Issue : 1
First page : ( 1) Last page : ( 13)
Print ISSN : 2277-5412. Online ISSN : 2322-0430.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2322-0430.2015.00001.3

Agriculture for producing both fuel and food: optimism and prudence for India

Bhatt Yogesh*, Research Assistant, Ghosh Nilabja, Associate Professor, Rajeshwor M., Research Analyst
Institute of Economic Growth, University of Delhi Enclave (North Campus), Delhi-110007

*Email: bhatt.yogesh0@gmail.com

JEL Classification: Q16, Q18, Q20, Q42, Q54

Online published on 10 March, 2015.

Abstract
This paper considers the prospect of embracing biofuel as a reasonable energy source for the future of the world where dependence on fossil fuel faces the threat of exhaustion and environmental adversities. In the backdrop of experiences of other countries of producing and consuming ethanol and biodiesel based on farm-generated feedstock, the paper weighs India’s option of switching to biofuel for sustainable growth and agricultural development against possible trade-offs like land diversion from food and possible but less discussed environmental implications.

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