Biomass is sometimes burned as fuel for cooking and to produce electricity and heat. Biomass used as fuel often consists of underutilized types, like chaff and animal waste. This is often considered a type of alternative energy although it is not a non-polluting one. In some industrialized countries, like Germany, paradoxically, food is cheaper than fuel compared by price per joule. Central heating units supplied by food grade wheat or maize are available.
See also: biosphere, biodiesel, bioalcohol, green power