The most promising source of alternative energy is the production of wood biomass harvested from the pruning and thinning out by rotation of double and triple rows of rapid growing trees.the production of biomass through the cultivation of corn, colza or sugar beets has considerable higher energy costs than that of wood. Trees such as eucalyptus, poplar and California cypress with an adequate water supply, For example when planted in a draw or irrigated through a drip system, would reach production size in three years.
It would be necessary to modify the present European community Agricultural Policy and the relevant national and regional laws relating To the payment of subsidies for uncultivated agricultural land. Instead of giving subsidies for layout land payments should be destined to reforestation with emphasis on the installation of harvestable cellulosed cultivation. Placing two or three rows of trees along paths, roads, boundary lines, ditches and draws would also enrich the environment and would provide shaded paths for alternative forms of tourism such as horse riding bicycling, bird watching and photo safari. The wood biomass Could also be transformed into pellets to be used in substitution of coal And oil presently burned in heating furnaces.
Furthermore the rows of trees would absorb carbon anhydride and release oxygen into the atmosphere. The trees would also be useful as windbreaks for erosion control and for an increased conservation of humidity derived from dew. By cultivating various crops simultaneously on the land one could produce foods products and at the same time establish rotating areas for the production of wood biomass that, in a relatively short time would guarantee a continuous source of biomass.
It would be essential that every province build atransformation station for the production of biogas and biodiesel for the wood biomass. One could consider reusing the sugar refinery plants that are destined for closure. Through the use of technical assistance, propaganda and subsidies to the farmers, within five years the production of wood biomass could be increased ten times the present production.