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Meatpackers say aid to ethanol plants would be unfair and discriminatory

US meat producers are saying in the Des Moines Register that aid to ethanol producers that are facing trouble because of movements in the price of corn over the previous year would be unfair and  “would be a startling new development that discriminates in favour of one segment of American agriculture,”in a letter to the […]

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Distillers grains and cattle.

OK this is slightly off beam, but a lot of people are very keen of feeding distillers grains to cattle. For some ethanol plants it is the most profitable part of the business. Animal husbandry is not an area that I know much, if anything about. At home we struggle to keep goldfish alive above […]

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Listen to Barak Obama’s take on biofuels

You can hear Barak Obama talking about biofuels on Good fuels. 

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FAO wants biofuel support examined and outlines world biofuel capacity

The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation wants subsisidies, tariffs and tax-breaks for biofuels production examined and possibly reduced in a press release which marks the publication of its annual report The State of Food. That report makes a compelling case for the use of cellulosic routes to biofuels, and by implication for much greater […]

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Ethanol is a stepping stone

This is interesting, and  would be more interesting if there were a measure of how much diverting corn into ethanol (25% of the corn crop in 2007 produced 2.65% of the US total demand for gasoline in 2006) had an effect on prices of food. Northey is right. Corn ethanol has to be a transitory […]

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Biofuels and the whole of non-meat farming

Andy Posner, over on the Huffington Post raises some good questions about land use in a world where we’re increasingly using biofuels. I suggest in a comment that perhaps a little high-fructose corn syrup should be fermented to ease the US obesity crisis. Fat chance of that happening then.

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1 bn acres of unused agricultural land world wide could produce biofuels

1 bn acres of unused agricultural land world wide could produce biofuels, according to the Stanford News Service in a piece called Feeding and fuelling the future: the bioenergy potential of reviving abandoned agricultural land.The authors estimate that this is about a quarter of the total agricultural land in use. Land is abandoned for a […]

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Biofuels are involved in “a crime against humanity again”

Biofuels are involved in a crime against humanity again. Only this time it’s NOT growing biofuels that would be the crime. Confused? World opinion certainly is. This time its Brazil’s president Lula who says that discarding biofuels would be the crime. Lula was speaking at a UN meeting in only days after Jean Zeigler, the […]

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How much land will we need for biofuels in the UK

There’s a useful exchange in Hansard, the UK’s parliamentary record this week on biofuels. In a written answer. Ian Pearson (MP for Dudley South and the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) says that to meet the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation using existing technology we’d need to plant between 1 and 1.5bn […]

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UN FAO has more doubts about biofuels

Over on Greenbang, there’s an interesting comment on the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation’s latest thoughts on biofuels and the spike they are causing in agricultural commodity prices. http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5hIipI7rsh-IaoutsJKgAmzG5Mh0gD8UBKQ6O1 Its worth reading the report on Regan Suzuki’s comments on the effects that biofuels could have in terms of the competition for agricultural land, water and […]

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