Biodiesel production in Argentina this year is expected to climb 60 percent as compared to 2010. Meanwhile, in Brazil, industry leaders have called the biofuels sector "ripe for consolidation" as it needs to increase capacity and the country recently signed cooperation agreements with the United States to advance aviation biofuels. Meanwhile, high food prices have led to criticism that producing biofuels, especially from corn ethanol in the United States, diverts agricultural production from food crops. How will the development of biofuels play out in Brazil and elsewhere in the Americas? What are the most viable solutions for the food vs. fuel debate in the short- and medium-term? Will enthusiasm over the burgeoning hydrocarbon resources in large countries like Brazil and Colombia reduce the hoped-for investment in alternative fuels? Experts discuss what they think about this topic.
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Inter-American Dialogue's Latin American Energy Advisor. "What Trends are Shaping the Future of Biofuels?." (2011). http://digitalrepository.unm.edu/la_energy_dialog/170