France takes step towards biogas maize ban

France should ban the use of food crops in biogas energy plants, the lower house of parliament agreed on Tuesday

France should ban the use of food crops in biogas energy plants, the lower house of parliament agreed on Tuesday.

Only waste, livestock manure, crop residues and intermediate crops should be used in biogas installations according to a proposed amendment to the French energy transition law.

The proposed amendment now goes to the upper house of parliament for approval.

Brigitte Allain, the parliamentarian who tabled the amendment, emphasised the importance of prioritising food production on France’s agricultural lands to avoid a similar situation to that found in Germany, where generous subsidies for biogas have fuelled the use of maize for energy production.

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