The past decade has witnessed a range of opinions and reports about the potential and use of biofuels as an alternative energy source. The phrase “Food vs Fuel” has hovered over many of the public debates, smothering virtually any nuance, and has led to increasingly entrenched views about its potential role in transition to a more sustainable society. An important drawback of this oversimplification has been the dichotomous framing of a single issue that dominates the debate and has not really contributed to a greater understanding of whether biofuels have the potential to serve society in the shift to a more sustainable way of living.

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The Ethics of Reframing
The Case of the Biofuels Debate

Robin Pierce   Biotechnology and Society group, Delft University of Technology

The past decade has witnessed a range of opinions and reports about the potential and use of biofuels as an alternative energy source. The phrase “Food vs Fuel” has hovered over many of the public debates, smothering virtually any nuance, and has led to increasingly entrenched views about its potential role in transition to a more sustainable society. An important drawback of this oversimplification has been the dichotomous framing of a single issue that dominates the debate and has not really contributed to a greater understanding of whether biofuels have the potential to serve society in the shift to a more sustainable way of living.

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