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Biofuels: is the cure worse than the disease?

Biofuels: is the cure worse than the disease? That is the question posed by Ron Steenblick, and Richard Doornbosch in a recent online publication.

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Credit crunch may make it harder for farmers next year

The credit crunch may make it harder for US corn farmers to maintain overdrafts, raise loans and fund farming next year according to to this report from Bloomberg. 

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Distillers grains and cattle.

OK this is slightly off beam, but a lot of people are very keen of feeding distillers grains to cattle. For some ethanol plants it is the most profitable part of the business. Animal husbandry is not an area that I know much, if anything about. At home we struggle to keep goldfish alive above […]

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Ethanol is a stepping stone

This is interesting, and  would be more interesting if there were a measure of how much diverting corn into ethanol (25% of the corn crop in 2007 produced 2.65% of the US total demand for gasoline in 2006) had an effect on prices of food. Northey is right. Corn ethanol has to be a transitory […]

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A biofuels polemic from Huffington Post

If you are interested in the environmental impact of biofuels in the US check this polemic on the Huffington Post. Makes some good points about the end to end efficiency of biofuels in the automotive sector. You can’t comment on it there, so perhaps you’d like to do so here.

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1000 entries and what have we learned?

Put out the flags. I’ve reached the 1000 post mark. I started this in October 2006 with an open if sceptical mind. Its been a lot of fun so far. I’ve met a whole bunch of people who have commented on what I’ve written and offered suggestions and I’d like to thank you for that. […]

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Ethanol subsidies could be safe for a while

Ethanol subsidies could be safe for a while.There’s a really nice explanation of why subsidies are hard to abolish in Price of Oil: Hidden Oil Subsidies from Tree Hugger.com and on Huffington Post. I couldn’t put it any more clearly than in the first paragraph.

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Is the price of corn related to the price of crude?

Is the price of corn related to the price of crude? Many in the US ethanol business say that it isn’t this chap isn’t so sure…  

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This doesn’t quite ring true to me

There’s a long and thorough going piece over on Farm Futures about the Biofuel Smear Campaign. I’m not sure that I agree with it entirely. It is based on the US experience, and that as far as it goes is OK. In the US the price of food is only partly determined by the price […]

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20% of US corn makes ethanol this year

20% of the US corn crop has been used to make ethanol this year, according to a report on WJFW, and around 4m acres of the US were planted with corn.

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