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Land use change induced by the increase in biofuel feedstocks demand is one of the main concerns of the impact of conventional biofuels. Land use change can be direct (DLUC), when crops for biofuel are grown on uncultivated land, or indirect (ILUC), when the use of agricultural land for biofuel pushes other agricultural production into natural ecosystems. ILUC cannot be measured directly. It is commonly determined making use of existing agro-economic models which look at the global land use change response to increased biofuel demand and make forward projections (e.g. to 2020).