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Bad energy? The promotion of energy from food

In this report, UK food waste NGO Feedback critically assesses the narrative that anaerobic digestion (AD) is a viable solution for producing renewable gas from organic matter such as crops and wastes. The report argues that preventing food waste in the first place is more effective than generating biogas from waste food, particularly if trees were to be planted on the land spared.

Feedback argues that AD is only beneficial when compared to elements that it thinks should not be part of a healthy, sustainable economy, such as food sent to landfill, manures stored in lagoons and energy from coal and oil.

Read the full report, Bad energy: Defining the true role of biogas in a net zero future, here. See also the Foodsource building block What is food loss and food waste?

 
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