- Planting Food or Fuel: Developing an Interdisciplinary Approach to Understanding the Role of Culture in Farmers' Decisions to Grow Second-Generation, Biofuel Feedstock Crops
- Comparative Technology Transfer and Society
- Johns Hopkins University Press
- Volume 7, Number 3, December 2009
- pp. 287-302
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Recent interest in biofuels as an alternative energy source has spurred considerable changes in agricultural practice worldwide. These changes will be more pronounced as second-generation biofuels, such as switch grass, gain prominence; this article examines the cultural factors associated with the decisions U.S. farmers face in targeting crops for fuel production instead of food. Through an interdisciplinary assessment of the dynamics of farmers' behavior, developed herein is a theoretical framework to analyze how farmers grapple with shifting expectations of their function.