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1000 entries and what have we learned?

Put out the flags. I’ve reached the 1000 post mark. I started this in October 2006 with an open if sceptical mind. Its been a lot of fun so far. I’ve met a whole bunch of people who have commented on what I’ve written and offered suggestions and I’d like to thank you for that. […]

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Looks like the world food summit will put pressure on ethanol

Looks to me like the world food summit is going to put pressure on ethanol and biofuel more generally in this report from the Times Online. 

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The Wall St Journal has a low opinion of the farm bill

The Wall St Journal has a pretty low opinion of the farm bill. Written like it is, it is hard to disagree with the opinion piece. Hat tip to the conservativerevolution blog.

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Are biofuels to blame for rising food prices?

Are biofuels to blame for rising food prices? That question was debated for five minutes this morning on the infulential BBC radio 4 programme, Today. A contributory factor, that is making the effects of drought and poor harvests worse, is the gist.

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Food prices and food aid

Food prices are rising and this is putting increasing pressure on food aid, according to the United Nations, and reported in yesterday’s Guardian. That report, which has a list of food hotspots, says: “We will have a problem in coming months,” said Josette Sheeran, the head of the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP). “We will […]

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A christmas thought

Let’s reduce pressure on world food stuffs as soon as we can. According to the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation in mid December… Currently 37 countries worldwide are facing food crises due to conflict and disasters. In addition, food security is being adversely affected by unprecedented price hikes for basic food, driven by historically […]

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How the harvest is looking

As the harvest is almost entirely in around the world. Its perhaps worth looking at how the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation sees this year’s harvest The good news for North American ethanol producers is that there was a bumper corn crop this year, the bad news is that demand is high and so are […]

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Biofuels are not a “crime against humanity”: FAO

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation has come out against the statement yesterday by UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Jean Ziegler, that biofuels are a crime against humanity, and is quoted by Biopact as saying: We regret the report of the Special Rapporteur has taken a very complex issue, with many positive […]

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Maize and wheat prices could stay high for 10 years

Maize and wheat prices have shot up to their highest levels since 2000 in the past few months, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), and reported on Yubanet. The report says an increased demand for biofuel production may keep prices above historic levels for the next 10 years and have an impact […]

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Riots in Yemen over the rising price of food staples

There have been riots in Yemen over the rising price of food staples such as wheat , according to Al Jazeera. Although Yemen is in the Arabian Peninsula, it is not blessed with oil. The government has instructed one of its ministries to buy wheat on the open market and sell it cheaply to its […]

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