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Biofuels are bad for the planet (again)

Trans National Insitute (which calls itself a world wide fellowship of committed scholar-activists (they’d hardly be uncommited)) has published Paving the way for agrofuels: an unsustainable path It starts by stating: In the face of the climate change threat and the increasing scarcity of fossil fuels, agrofuels are being heavily promoted as a means to […]

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Biofuel Cities newsletter

Biofuel Cities is a European initiative designed to get more cities in Europe to use more biofuels… there’s a newsletter too.

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Video of EU energy policy

Here’s a video from the European Commission about its policy on sustainable energy and replacing petrol with clean alternatives…

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Wheat prices up and Brazil worries about ethanol

Rich pickings today on Planet Ark, the price of wheat in Europe is soaring, apparently because of a drought in Australia. Didn’t know we imported much wheat from Australia, mostly lamb. The absolute prices for wheat in the US quoted though are pretty high: currently at around 8.69/bushel after spiking at over 8.80/bushel, a rise […]

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Fuel efficiency to be main focus at Frankfurt Motor Show

Fuel efficiency to be main focus at Frankfurt Motor Show, according to Product reviews net. This has to be a good thing. There is little point in people switching to biofuels (which are very resource intensive — it takes as much corn to fill a gas tank with ethanol as it would to feed a […]

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Green diplomacy or hard edged national interest?

Green diplomacy or hard edged national interest? Only someone like Lula from Brazil could do both at the same time in his visit to a number of European capitals, according to Biopact.

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Autumn the season of mellow fruitfulness is coming

Autumn the season of mellow fruitfulness is coming, but will there be enough grain to feed the world through the winter, and drive them to the markets? The numbers for the US have not settled down yet. In March, according to Farmdoc the USDA was estimating that the corn harvest will be there would be […]

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EU opens distillation tender

EU opens distillation tender to convert unwanted wine into industrial ethanol, according to the Turkish Daily News. The distillation will help take excessive wine off the market and support prices in Europe. As I said in July, this is not a satisfactory state of affairs, why can’t the market operate and to help people pay […]

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US’ Sweet adiction to sugar farmers

The price of the US’ sweet addiction to sugar farmers and the potential for further distorting the market for ethanol in the US is explored in a post over on the Politics of Food. Rachel C. Dechenne says in a post about the 2008 sugar program: In June of this year, SUA and an alliance […]

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let us farm set aside land Europe farmers say

Let us farm set aside land, Europe’s farmers are saying to the EU, according to Farm Policy.com. Currently about 8% of EU farming land lies fallow under a decision in the 1990s to eliminate grain surpluses. Now these surpluses could be useful to ferment into alcohol, and farmers want to get their hands back on […]

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