US farmers in Iowa are asking their senators to try and change the way that the US Farm Credit system operates to allow it to loan money to ethanol plants that are not majority owned by farmers. According to Domestic fuel. On the face of it this sounds silly to me. As one of the […]
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The European Commission has come out fighting in its assertion that biofuels are a good thing, in response to an earlier comment from the OECD which said that subsidies for biofuels are distorting markets and fueling food price inflation. The EU’s response was reported by Philippa Jones in ICIS News. (Disclosure: I work for ICIS: […]
Biofuels and poorer harvests mean that UK meat prices are set to rise, according to reports on the BBC this morning. The BBC has missed a key point here, UK farmers will not be badly disadvantaged compared to farmers in other parts of the world. The weather does not seem to have been particularly good […]
Farmland prices are rising because of biofuels, according to the New York Times. DEKALB, Ill. — While much of the nation worries about a slumping real estate market, people in Midwestern farm country are experiencing exactly the opposite. Take, for instance, the farm here — nearly 80 acres of corn and soybeans off a gravel […]
The UK has enough spare land to grow crops that would enable the country to meet its Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation, according to a post over on FWi’s Food for Thought blog. Charles Abel says Significantly, the NFU estimates that the UK has sufficient land available to meet the RTFO (Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation) target […]
Biofuels are changing agricultural economics according to the OECD and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation in a report on ICIS News. (Disclosure: I work for ICIS: About ICIS) This is
UK farmers and biofuels get showcased in this excellent video from Farmers Weekly Interactive.
US Grocers want an end to US corn subsidies and tariffs. In a recent statement their trade body said: America’s biofuels policy must be pursued thoughtfully and deliberately, taking into full account the possible unintended consequences of a sharp increase in the use of corn for fuel. A 35 billion gallon ethanol mandate will require a […]
Food, fuel and water — who decides? Adding his weight to the food vs fuel argument is Mike Stones on Food for Thought, a Farmers Weekly blog. He quotes Henry Fell, chairman of the UK commercial farmers union who believes quite strongly that relying on food imports is a mistake. What do you think?
Combustion or consumption: how to balance biofuels production is a question that, is making the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs(IRIN), like Unilever, worried that there will be competition for scarce food resources between biofuelers and people who need to eat. In a long report it quotes Lester Brown, president of the Earth Policy […]