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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (2008) 53(3): 42–44
©New Zealand Institute of Forestry

New Zealandís versus United Statesí organic wastes

M. D. Malloy 1

1 Full life member, NZIF

In March 1980 Jim Williams, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, reported to the US Senate Subcommittee on a survey of biomass research into the availability of woody and agricultural materials (a) to produce alcohol fuels, and (b) for direct combustion and the production of other forms of energy. (Williams, 1980) In the absence of comparable research in New Zealand, his findings are of Full life member, NZIF guideline relevance to this country. Of the agricultural commodities measured, plant wastes such as cereal straw, corn cobs and stalks are not of interest to New Zealand because of different agricultural practices. Neither are wastes from farm animals raised in confinement. The US forests, however, are comparable to those of New Zealand in terms of management.
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