Forestry and energy crops are widely debated for their ethics, but they provide biomass as a source of renewable energy.
In the quest to find a reliable and renewable source of energy, it seems that energy crops are the latest idea in the world. These crops are grown with the specific intention of being harvested in order to create biomass. The plants are fast growing and they can grow in a number of areas, making them completely renewable. They will grow up, be harvested and used while other crops are started.
The Benefits of Biomass
When biomass and agriculture waste are used as renewable energy sources, this will allow electricity to be produced that which would just biodegrade. Instead of chopping down trees which are growing or harvesting coal and oil, the dying plants can be used to create natural gas which can then create electricity. And then the plants, unlike fossil fuels, will grow again to create a new crop of energy producing plants. When the proper crops are grown, this source of energy can continue to provide electricity for many decades.
In addition, these plants which are planted will be able to absorb the excess carbon dioxide in the air, which is going to help to improve the air quality even more.
The Problems with Forestry and Growing Biomass
The main concern with this sort of advanced technology is that some people believe that it’s unethical to simply grow a plant in order to cut it down again. The government is also a major contributor to the funding of forestry projects, so they will need to be a part of the process of growing these energy crops. There is also some concern that the more plants which are grown, the more water will be needed to sustain the growth. Finally, some are concerned that energy crops will take up valuable growing space where food can be planted. But this is not necessarily the case as these energy crops can be planted nearly anywhere.