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Sugar beets are a more efficient source for ethanol production than corn for a lot of reasons: they use less land, less water and, they can grown in many regions during the winter where it's too cold to grow corn.

Greece is looking to make a major push into biofuels in the next few years. The intent is to support Greek Sugar farmers by making more use of the sugar beet crop in the country and divert about 50 percent of it from sugar production to biofuels. Because Greece is subject to European Union agricultural quotas they have to get EU approval to shift to two sugar plants over to biofuel production.