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Biomass: Which Road to Take?

| Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Apr 13, 2005 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

A strategic report on developing a sustainable biomass policy, prepared for a foundation in 2001, offers a vision that is still relevant today.

Prepared by ILSR’s vice president, David Morris, Biomass: Which Road to Take offers a seven-point strategy for biomass covering these points:

1) Make language consistent
2) Strive to design policies that encourage and enable the highest value end products and the greatest flexibility for producers and manufacturers
3) Accept and grapple with the fact that a significant near term expansion in the use of biomass to generate electricity depends on a partnership with the forest products industry and coal-fired power plant operators
4) Analyze more comprehensively and adequately the environmental impacts of various forms of biomass and biomass processing
5) Make farmers active and enthusiastic partners
6) Consider the issue of scale when designing policies
7) Adopt a nuanced approach to genetic engineering

Morris concludes by saying in part, “Plant matter must be an important element in a sustainable economy because it is the only renewable resource from which we can fashion physical products.”

Click and read the full report, Biomass: Which Road to Take?


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David Morris is co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and directs its initiative on The Public Good. He is the author of the New City States, Seeing the Light, and three other non-fiction books. His essays on public policy are regularly published by On the Commons, Alternet, Common Dreams and the Huffington Post.

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