Tag Archives | Brazil

Obama and Lula spoke about the tariff

Last week end Presidents Lula (Brazil) and Obama  (US) met and had a conversation, According to the ICTSD, Brazil’s Lula pressed Obama on Doha and on the US tariff policy for Brazilian ethanol  this is ICTSD’s take on the conversation The leaders also discussed ethanol production, which Obama acknowledgedhad been “a source of tension between […]

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Sugar cane ethanol and Brazil

There’s a piece entitled Why the Promise of Biofuels is a lie by Robert Bryce. It is pretty anti biofuels, mainly ethanol, it doesn’t talk about biodiesel. It is worth looking at for the way it pulls together a couple of sources on the plight of Brazilian sugar cane harvesters. Their lot is pretty hard. But […]

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Can the EU square ethics with trade, should it even try in biofuels?

Can the EU square its desire to import only biofuels that conform to high ethical standards with the needs of free trade? That might sound like the kind of question we’d be covering in an ethics course (which thankfully we’re not). But it is possible that it could be left to the courts, a number […]

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Syngenta in high yeild sugar cane development

In a statement issued late last week, Syngenta said it is developing a new technology todramatically improve the cost efficiency of sugar cane planting inBrazil. Syngenta´s innovation would reduce planting costs per hectareby some 15%, driven by a novel approach to grow sugar cane from smallercane segments using proprietary treatments. The technology is plannedfor launch […]

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Friends of the Earth and Brazil’s sugar cane producers come to verbal blows

Friends of the Earth and Brazil’s sugar cane producers come to verbal blows in a report on Autoblog green. FOE accuses the Brazilians of monocultre that damages the environment and the Brazilians respond.

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Sao Paulo marshalls its biofuel resources

Over on Temas blog, my friend Keith Ripley has a piece on how the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo is getting all of its resources together to study the future of biofuels. This is big potatoes in a state which rivals the US in the volume of ethanol it produces. In the English language synopsis, […]

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Brazil’s sugar cane cutters to lose their jobs

According to the Guardian online, Brazil’s sugar cane plantations are going to be increasingly mechanised, leading to job losses in the cane cutters. 

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Biofuels and food

It will be interesting to see if this FAO “Summit on food security”, scheduled for 3 to 5 June 2008 at the FAO headquarters in Rome will get any further towards what to do about food supplies and fuel. Brazil’s president Lula will be going now. I wonder if he’ll be in the same room […]

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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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Ethanol in the US

This is William Lemos, one of ICIS professional market watchers, talking about the state of the US ethanol market. (Disclosure: I work for ICIS. About ICIS) William has a good line on the Brazilain view of the US ethanol import tax. He was talking just ahead of the recent NPRA conference in San Antonio, Texas.

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