flooding three Belgiums

An article in the Wall Street Journal (Oct 5) and republished in Bangkok Post discussed the creation of biofuel from algae.

Unfortunately large-scale algae production requires enormous amounts of land, water and fertilizer, making it prohibitively expensive. Professor Kevin Flynn, who has researched algae biofuel for years was quoted as saying “Meeting just 10% of Europe’s fuel demand with unmodified algae would require flooding three Belgiums in more than 7 inches of water while using 50% of the fertilizer used for European agriculture”

Thank you to @PeterLuxy on Twitter for spotting this one.