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Biofuels put bears under threat

Now biofuels are putting bears under threat. The good/bad news is that its Germany’s Gummi Bears, which are much less profitable for Harribo than they were because the price of glucose has risen, because its a sugar, which could be fermented… into alcohol which could be put into the European gasoline pool displacing gasoline which […]

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Nestle chief worried about high price food

Nestle’s chief executive is worried about the potential for high food prices in the future, according to the Financial Times. Hattip to the IFTF’s Future Now blog.

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Drought may push corn prices higher

A drought in China that is affecting the key corn growing region of Jilin could mean a smaller harvest in that country and larger demands on global corn reserves, according to Planet Ark.

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Biofuelers go fishing and miss a trick.

Biofulers are going fishing, but they are missing a trick. According to the Des Moines Register, quoted in Ethanol Business.com, Renew Energy, based in Wisconsin plans to use waste heat from its ethanol process to warm water and to grow tilapia fish for the table.  If they were to grow Catfish, like they do in Vietnam, they could squeeze […]

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Just how politically sustainable is using food for fuel in the US?

Just how politically sustainable is using food for fuel in the US. There’s an interesting post over on dtn Ag Policy Blog (limited trial, and limited access, I had to pretend to be Canadian) about the sustainability of the US’ Biofuel policy. The key lines for me are USDA Chief Economist says that the rising […]

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German millers worry about rising bread prices

Germany’s millers met at the week end to discuss the effects that the demand for corn as fuel compared to food is having now in rising bread prices. They want a scienific evaluation of the amount of land that will be given to fuel use and the amount that will be used for food. They […]

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As biofuels boom will more go hungry? The debate continues

Food or fuel, or food and fuel, the debate continues with a story by Reuters on Planet ark today which asks: As biofuels boom will more go hungry?

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Corn ethanol tortillas and expensive food

The price of tortillas, the main source of calories for many poor Mexicans, recently rose by over 400%, according to the BBC, which adds that the price rise may be due to a shortage of cheap US corn. Leading to tortilla protests by tens of thousands of Mexicans in Mexico City.   “When there isn’t […]

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