Little environmental benefit seen in biodiesel

The farming lobby has received a setback in its demands for tax breaks to promote the production of biofuels on surplus agricultural land. An official study has concluded that large-scale production of biodiesel would require heavy subsidies and result in very small reductions in CO2 emissions from vehicles, and may give rise to higher emissions of other pollutants and exacerbate nitrate leaching from farm land.1

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