[permaculture] Harvesting of prairie biomass for energy?

Lawrence F. London, Jr. lfl at intrex.net
Thu Jan 25 21:15:05 EST 2007

Rael Bassan <rael at ...> writes:

> In a recent [Permaculture Forum (Upper Midwest)] post there was some 
> concern about the proposed harvesting of prairie biomass for energy, 
> suggested by the  Minnesota studies of David Tillman's group. According to 
> their analysis, using a prairie plant mixture of up to 14 species "comes 
> out 6 to 16 times better than corn grain ethanol or biodeisel [sic] ." 
> www.vnps.org/chapters/princewilliam/wildnewsjanfeb07.pdf

Doesn't hrvesting prairie plants for conversion to ethanol result in serious 
organic matter and accompanying soil microflora depetion in those soils?


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