Impacts of EU biofuel policies on the French arable sector: A microlevel analysis using global market and farm-based supply models

Louhichi K & Valin H (2012). Impacts of EU biofuel policies on the French arable sector: A microlevel analysis using global market and farm-based supply models. Review of Agricultural and Environmental Studies 93 (3): 233-272. DOI:10.4074/S1966960712003013.

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Abstract

This paper aims to ex-ante assess the micro-economic impacts of current EU biofuel policies on the French arable sector using an agricultural supply model (ASMMA) coupled with a computable general equilibrium model (MIRAGE-BioF). The application of this modelling framework confirms that biofuel policies would significantly affect the EU agricultural market, with price increase by 2020 as high as +40% in the case of rapeseed compared with a status quo at 2008 level. This would strongly impact land use and production of firstgeneration feedstock crops in France (rapeseed, cereals and sugar beets). The highest percentage increase would be in land dedicated to rapeseed (+50%), likely to occur in regions with a low initial rapeseed land share. This increase would boost farm income of most arable farms (+10% on average); however, the environment would face increase pressure from agricultural production with more use of pesticide (+5%) and increase in N2O emissions (+2.5%).

Item Type: Article
Research Programs: Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM)
Bibliographic Reference: Review of Agricultural and Environmental Studies; 93(3):233-272
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:46
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2016 13:15
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/9890

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