Socio-Environmental Impact Assessment of Oleaginous Crops for Biodiesel Production in Brazil


  • Geraldo Stachetti Rodrigues Embrapa Environment
  • Izilda Aparecida Rodrigues Embrapa Environment
  • Cláudio Cesar de Almeida Buschinelli Embrapa Environment
  • Marcos Antônio Vieira Ligo Embrapa Environment
  • Adriana Marlene Moreno Pires Embrapa Environment
  • Rosa T. S. Frighetto Embrapa Environment
  • Luiz José Maria Irias Embrapa Environment


Socio-environmental impact assessments were carried out on oleaginous crops for biodiesel production under the context of expanding demand in five regions of Brazil. The study brought together representatives of the main interest groups in Delphi-type workshops. Major impacts are related with increases in demand for inputs, resources, and energy, with potential risks on water quality and habitat conservation. In some instances, management practices may improve soil quality, favoring habitats recovery. Crop intensification is expected to bring important contributions for farmer capacitation, income generation and sources diversity, as well as improved management and administration. Institutional especially designed local productive arrangements offer the best options for fostering sustainable development and avoiding environmental degradation risks, under the scenario of expanding demand on oleaginous crops for biodiesel production.


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Author Biographies

Geraldo Stachetti Rodrigues, Embrapa Environment

Ecologist, Scientific Researcher III. Embrapa Labex Europe, Montpellier, France

Izilda Aparecida Rodrigues, Embrapa Environment

Associate Researcher, Post-doctorate FAPESP

Cláudio Cesar de Almeida Buschinelli, Embrapa Environment

Scientific Researcher, Environmental Management Laboratory

Marcos Antônio Vieira Ligo, Embrapa Environment

Scientific Researcher, Laboratory of Water and Soil Chemistry

Adriana Marlene Moreno Pires, Embrapa Environment

Sientific Researcher, Laboratory of Water and Soil Chemistry

Rosa T. S. Frighetto, Embrapa Environment

Scientific Researcher, Loboratory of Chemical Ecology

Luiz José Maria Irias, Embrapa Environment

Scientific Researcher, Area of Agroenvironmental Studies




How to Cite

Rodrigues, G. S., Rodrigues, I. A., Buschinelli, C. C. de A., Ligo, M. A. V., Pires, A. M. M., Frighetto, R. T. S., & Irias, L. J. M. (2007). Socio-Environmental Impact Assessment of Oleaginous Crops for Biodiesel Production in Brazil. Journal of Technology Management & Innovation, 2(2), 46–66. Retrieved from



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