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The relationship between corn, ethanol and autofuel replacement US-style

There is a direct relationship between the volume of corn converted to ethanol with the % of gasoline replaced in the US. Its shown more clearly if you click the line which contains the mysterious word Thi  at the bottom of this poor thumbnail. I’ve created the graph using data from the US Coalition for […]

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Antibiotics at heart of corn ethanol

Some US corn ethanol producers are using penicillin and three other antibiotics in corn fermentation process says Minnesota Public Radio. Why? To ensure that the yeast they use in fermentation does not have to compete with naturally-occurring bacteria that wants the sugars in the fermenting mash itself.I think that this matters on two counts:One of […]

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Not farming is better for carbon emissions than corn-ethanol

Tree Hugger has one of those articles which show that doing nothing produces fewer carbon emissions than growing corn for ethanol. Well Duh.Let’s turn this on its head. If we stopped using oil-powered vehicles then we would not need to use any gasoline. Yhat sounds plain silly.  The fact is we have a need to travel, […]

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The corn-ethanol carbon balance argument again

There is an interesting video on Climate Central about the amount of carbon dioxide produced when ethanol is made from corn grown in the mid-West of the US. Hard to tell who is right in this debate (if any one is) the different premises are all important and few people seem to try and compare […]

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Wes Clark to lobby for ethanol?

General Wes Clark may be joining a pro corn ethanol lobby group to take on the mighty American grocery lobby, according to Politico a blog by Ben Smith. I can’t imagine that you’d get a General (retired or not) doing that sort of thing anywhere else in the world.

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US ethanol overview

There’s an overview of the US market for ethanol, the state of plant building and possible directions for the corn price, over at the Agrilife Extension of the Texas A&M University website. The credit crunch might have been a good thing for the profitability of the US ethanol industry according to Bill Tierney, former Kansas […]

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Too much corn could be bad for ladybugs (ladybirds)

Interesting piece on the effects of corn monoculture in the mid-west. Looks like too much corn is bad for ladybugs (ladybirds), but probably good news for people who make pesticide… Hattip to Biofuelwatch

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Biofuels and the innovation ecosystem

 Krisztina Holly has an interesting article on biofuels, the automotive bail out, evolution and the innovation ecosystem over on the Huffington Post. Part of her post is particularly resonant for the biofuels industry Big companies play an important role, too, in this healthy, diversebusiness ecosystem. They help amplify – through acquisition, licensing,or even copying – […]

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VeraSun outlines process for farmers to sell corn elsewhere

VeraSun has outlined a process for farmers to be able to tell if their corn will be available for sale elsewhere, according to the Des Moines Register. 

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Verasun goes to court today to cancel corn purchse contracts

VeraSun, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection recently is planning to go to court in Delaware to cancel a number of corn purchase contracts. Much to the chagrin of farmers in Iowa who planned to sell the corn to the firm.  

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