Scientists continue to voice biodiesel support

By | March 09, 2009
As founder and director of the Thomas Jefferson Agricultural Institute, Rob Myers is well aware of Jefferson's historic commitment to exploring new frontiers as well as agricultural progress. With an eye on continuing advancements in biodiesel that would have appealed to Jefferson's interests, Myers announced the Scientists for Biodiesel declaration at the National Biodiesel Conference and Expo.

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center President Roger Beachy and Myers, co-chairs of the Scientists for Biodiesel campaign, are inviting their peers from around the world to join in support of biodiesel. More than 40 scientists have done so already.

"Scientists sometimes have differences of opinion, but this declaration is intended to show the broad consensus among scientists about the benefits of biodiesel," Myers said. "Our goal is to increase awareness and information sharing about the depth and breadth of the scientific research behind biodiesel that contributes to its sustainability."

The declaration also calls for more investment into the scientific needs associated with this vital bioenergy source. The full declaration is available online at and says, "Biodiesel from a variety of feedstocks can meet contemporary needs for environmental stewardship, economic prosperity and quality of life without compromising the ability of future generations to meet these needs for themselves."
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