Seizing the opportunity of a new agricultural economy

Europe should be pushing for the rapid expansion of its network of biorefineries, to produce European food, fuel and feed, as well as a range of other high-value products that replace fossil fuels, writes Robert Wright.

Robert Wright is Secretary General of the European Renewable Ethanol Association (ePure)

There are many challenges facing new Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan. Managing one third of the EU’s budget; TTIP negotiations; dealing with the fall-out from the Ukraine crisis to name but a few. But the Commissioner also has a historic opportunity: to help drive the creation of a new biobased agricultural economy, built around European biorefineries.

With all the pressures it faces, Europe should be pushing for the rapid expansion of its network of biorefineries, which use European biomass, grown on European farms, to produce European food, fuel and feed, as well as a range of other high-value products that replace fossil fuels.

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