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PetroSun pays catfish farmers in Mississippi to convert ponds to algae

uploaded from pacres on flickr. PetroSun is paying catfish farmers in Mississippi to convert their ponds to algae production. Here’s the deal, according to Terri Chiang, an authorized agent for PetroSun BioFuels “initially, we have arranged for the landowner to receive $50 per water acre signed into the program as a sign-up, one-time payment. Additionally, the […]

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Wes Clark appointment confirmed

The appointment of General Wes Clark as co-chairman GrowthEnergy, has been confirmed by the organisation. I picked up a blog post that said it was likely to happen yesterday. 

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London to get ring of biofuel power stations

London is to get a ring of veg oil fueled electricity generation stations, according to a report on the BBC. What is not clear from the report, which says the company planning to build up to eight stations, is the economics. At what price does veg oil become uneconomical and is there really enough used […]

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The good, the bad, the ugly 2008/2009

The best piece of work on Biofuels 2008? For me that was the The Gallagher Review of the indirect effects of biofuels production. If you’re a serious player in this market, you should read that report. Worst technology to make biofuels: Fermentation from corn. It reduces the size of the corn crop, creates carbon dioxide […]

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Bill Clinton’s ideas for agriculture

Bill Clinton, ex US president, was speaking at world food day recently. He said: “We should go back to a policy of maximum agriculturalself-sufficiency,” Clinton said. While there would always be a globalmarket for crops like rice, wheat and corn, he added, “it is crazy forus to think we can develop a lot of these […]

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Restaurants set to raise prices as corn cost feed through to plates

 A number of US restaurant chains look set to rise prices this year as higher corn prices ripple along the supply chain, according to Huffington post.The key paragraph is buried towards the end of the article…. Part of the problem stems from protein producers’ plans to cut back onproduction in the next year to avoid […]

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Unilever is against mandatory biofuel targets

Unilever is against mandatory biofuel targets, according to the Guardian newspaper this morning. The huge soap-to-food empire is opposed on the basis that switching crops from food to biofuels is pushing up the prices in the developing world. Unilever has chosen to present its views to a meeting of  Commonwealth finance ministers in St Lucia. […]

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Corn estimates down in the US

The US Department of Agrculture has lowered its estimates of the volume of corn and soy that will be harvested this year. So 2008 will only be the second largest crop in history. It might have been higher if the weather had been better. That story’s in the Des Moines Register. You should subscribe to […]

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US almost out of corns stocks by harvest 09

The US will be almost out of corn stocks by harvest 09, according to Phil Brasher in the Des Moines Register. You must read the article it points up the complete failure of corn to ethanol as a sensible economic or fuel policy. Key quote 1 Corn supplies are projected to fall by one-third to […]

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US ethanol replaced about 2.6% of gasoline demand

US this year diverted 24.5% of its corn crop into ethanol production and replaced 2.65% of the total US demand for road transportation fuels — assuming that the 2007 figures for fuel use will be around the same as 2006, according to figures from the US Department of Energy which has issued preliminary ethanol production […]

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