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Impact of peak oil and food based biofuel production on long-term food security. A dynamic policy model

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Show simple item record Sandvik, Sven eng 2009-07-02T07:59:18Z 2009-07-02T07:59:18Z 2008-06-10 eng 2008-06-10 eng
dc.description.abstract It would, for the sake of food security, be rational to start an agricultural transition to a system less dependant on fossil fuels in good time before a possible energy crisis. It therefore seems a paradox that policy makers choose to do the opposite; establish an additional link between the food and energy market through subsidization of food based biofuel production, thus putting food security even more at the mercy of energy supply. The dynamic policy model presented in this thesis illustrates how growth in food based biofuel production enhances the link between the energy and food market. An alternative policy example is developed and tested using the model to simulate future scenarios. The model simulations suggest the current policy of supporting food based biofuel, combined with a peak in oil production, could lay the foundation of a future food crisis and that an alternative policy needs to be implemented as quickly as possible; most importantly, before policy makers receive feedback signals in the form of a continuous rising food price trend. en
dc.format.extent 480023 bytes eng
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf eng
dc.language.iso eng eng
dc.publisher The University of Bergen en
dc.rights Copyright the author. All rights reserved eng
dc.subject Food security eng
dc.subject Energy security eng
dc.subject Biofuel eng
dc.subject Peak oil eng
dc.subject System dynamics eng
dc.subject Policy model eng
dc.subject Simulation eng
dc.subject Sustainable development eng
dc.title Impact of peak oil and food based biofuel production on long-term food security. A dynamic policy model en
dc.type Master thesis eng Master nob
dc.type.course GEO-SD350 eng
dc.subject.nsi VDP::Samfunnsvitenskap: 200::Samfunnsgeografi: 290 nob
dc.rightsHolder The author eng
dc.subject.archivecode Mastergrad eng
dc.subject.nus 753907 eng
dc.type.program MASV-SYSDY eng

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