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Oh No, the Brazilians are coming (with an eye dropper)

Oh no, the Brazilains are coming, and they’re going to inundate the US with 700m gal of ethanol in 2008, according to my pal William Lemos, reporting for ICIS news in Houston. (Disclosure: I work for ICIS. About ICIS) The sneaky Brazilians are going to do it by importing via Caribbean countries so the imports […]

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Brazil wants to be a biodiesel superpower too

Brazil wants to be a biodiesel super power as it jockeys for biodisel market share, but may be derailed by the high price of soy, according to, John Waggoner, on ICIS news. (Disclosure: I work for ICIS: About ICIS) John’s report says Brazil could become the world’s second largest biodiesel producer, with annual production expected […]

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Subsituting soy for corn leads to deforestation in Brazil

Subsituting soy for wheat leads to deforestation in Brazil, according to story in Science just before Christmas. According to the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute’ many American soy farmers are shifting to corn to qualify for the government subsidies. Since 2006, US corn production rose 19% while soy farming fell by 15%. Its worth reading the […]

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Brazil, the US and ethanol trade

Home news from abroad… if home is the US and abroad is Brazil.

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Governments have responsibiltiy for biofuels policy

UN chief, Ban Ki-moon, has visited a bioethanol plant in Brazil, He too rowed back from the position of UN’s special special rapporteur on the right to food, Jean Ziegler, who said biofuels are a crime against humanity. According to Brazilmag Ban said said: “Some fear that land currently used to grow food will instead […]

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Florida Governor will lobby to lower US brazil ethanol tariff

Florida’s Governor will lobby to lower US Brazil ethanol import tariff according to today’s Planet Ark.

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Water a problem for biofuels in china and india

Water shortages could follow Chinese and Indian plans to use sugarcane to make biofuels, according to a report from the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) , carried on Planet Ark this morning. The report, Biofuels and implications for agricultural water use: blue impacts of green energy says

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Brazil wants biofuels tariff reduction fast tracked at WTO

Brazil wants the WTO to fast track tariff reductions for biofuels on the basis that they are an environmental good, according to Bridges Weekly Trade Digest. Brazil was making representations at Doha Round negotiations on liberalising trade in environmental goods, and called for specific products to be slated for expedited tariff cuts based on a […]

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A way round the US ethanol tariff

One way around the US ethanol tariff is discussed over on No1203 a blog. Looks interesting, import non-fuel grade ethanol and then dehydrate it in the US… If that’s going to cost less than $.054/gal it might be worth doing… If there’s enough spare ethanol to export from Brazil…

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Abengoa restructures

Agbengoa Bioenergy is restructuring itself in a series of moves which look to be designed to maintain its profitability at a time when oil is at or close to record highs, and the price of corn is in the same position . On 23 September, my colleague Charles Shaw reported on ICIS News (Disclosure: I […]

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