Tag Archives | farming

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, […]

Continue Reading

Changing land management could shrink carbon payback time

Changing land management could shrink carbon payback time when farmers convert grassland to biofuel production, say researchers in the Journal of Environmental Science and Technology.If this is right, and its been peer reviewed, I guess, then it could make biofuels more attractive in environmental terms. My question is how soon could agriculture switch to these […]

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

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. 

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

How to grow more corn: Plant it closer together

You might have noticed that there are a couple of conversations chuntering on in earlier posts. Mostly these deal with the ability to plant enough corn to sustain the US ethanol business and keep people fed at a reasonable price. Here’s breakthrough that is stunning in its simplicity from Iowa Farmer Today: plant the corn […]

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

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. […]

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

Biofuels and the whole of non-meat farming

Andy Posner, over on the Huffington Post raises some good questions about land use in a world where we’re increasingly using biofuels. I suggest in a comment that perhaps a little high-fructose corn syrup should be fermented to ease the US obesity crisis. Fat chance of that happening then.

Continue Reading