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US small farmers think biofuels won’t hit the world’s poor

Ethanol production has had a profound impact on U.S. agriculture in recent years. Now that more than two billion bushels of U.S. corn are used for ethanol production, a legitimate question is continually being asked—are people going hungry due to the seemingly insatiable U.S. demand for fuel? This paper looks at the relationship, not a […]

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Four US biofuel projects get $97m in loans from the US Department of Agriculture

Four US biofuel projects get $97m in loans from the US Department of Agriculture, according to Green car Congress. The firms are * Clean Burn Fuels LLC, in Hoke, County, N.C., is approved to receive $10 million from the Section 9006 program and a $25 million B&I loan guarantee to construct a new ethanol plant […]

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Biofuels may help poor farmers: World Watch

Biofuels may help poor farmers, according to a book out today “Biofuels for Transport: Global Potential and Implications for Energy and Agriculture,” authored by the Worldwatch Institute and published by Earthscan. The authors say: In addition, growth in biofuels production may have unexpected economic benefits, according to the experts who contributed to the report. Of […]

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Biofuels are changing agricultural economics

Biofuels are changing agricultural economics according to the OECD and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation in a report on ICIS News. (Disclosure: I work for ICIS: About ICIS) This is

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Biofuels could be very good for third world: UN

Biofuels could be very good for the third world Gustavo Best head of energy policy at the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation, talking to Reuters. He draws an interesting parallel with the Green Revolution of the 1960s: “It’s probably the best opportunity there has been since the ‘green revolution’ to bring really a new wind […]

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Now US Grocers want an end to corn subsidies and ethanol tariffs

US Grocers want an end to US corn subsidies and tariffs. In a recent statement their trade body said: America’s biofuels policy must be pursued thoughtfully and deliberately, taking into full account the possible unintended consequences of a sharp increase in the use of corn for fuel. A 35 billion gallon ethanol mandate will require a […]

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Cereal demand and production is going to be tight in 2007

Production of cereals and demand for them is going to be tight in 2007, according to a report from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, in a statement released yesterday. The FAO Says World cereal production in 2007 is on track to reach a record level of 2 095 million tonnes, a rise of 4.8 percent […]

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Doomed, doomed, I tell’s ya

Over on the Doom Index there are more calculations about the US ability to grow enough crops to replace all the oil it imports. (Hint: They still can’t).

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What ethanol is doing to corn prices in the US

I culled these stats from the Cost of Corn, a report on Kellogg’s profitability last year in mlive.com (everything Michigan) in a report by B. Candace Beeke. * Ethanol production adds 30 cents to the value of a bushel of corn, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. * That increases the closer you get […]

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Potential size of UK biofuels from crops

Chris Rhodes’ Energy Balance blog has an interesting insight into how bioethanol could feature in the UK’s future fuel mix. Rhodes examines some of the UK’s Royal Society of Chemistry’s Policy Bulletin on Energy Policy (published October 2006). I think he sums up the current situation quite nicely when he says: There is no way […]

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