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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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Will biofuels marginalise women?

Will biofuels marginalise women in the developing world? The FAO thinks that it might. In a rather negative report it concludes that biofuels will be farmed on marginal land, which is currently used by women to farm subsistence crops, it also assumes that biofuels need high levels of highly expensive fertilisers and other scarce inputs. […]

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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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Worries about biofuels move into different areas

One area of human experience that I can’t be bothered to get to grips with is Massively Multiplayer Role-playing Online Games. (If I can’t see the whites of their eyes across the Monopoly board, I can’t know how they are going to react when I storm off in a huff after landing on their Hotel?). […]

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Paul Temple talks at ICIS Bioresources Summit

Looking at the biofuel challenge to the agricultural supply chain.Here are some soundbites from Paul’s presentation that caught my attention As a farmer we harness the environment we produce the only truly renewable raw materials. Biofuels are “one of the brighter areas”. FAO calculated 41.88m km2 land is available 15.06 km are in use 0.11m […]

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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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Farmers want non-farmers to get ethanol loans too

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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US small farmers think biofuels won’t hit the world’s poor

Ethanol production has had a profound impact on U.S. agriculture in recent years. Now that more than two billion bushels of U.S. corn are used for ethanol production, a legitimate question is continually being asked—are people going hungry due to the seemingly insatiable U.S. demand for fuel? This paper looks at the relationship, not a […]

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What are biofuels doing to UK farming?

What are biofuels doing to UK farming? If you are interested in this question then there’s a paper in Environ. Sci. Tech a learned journal which is available by subscription. Here’s the abstract though The United States and the European Union have set targets for biofuel production to decrease reliance on fossil fuels and to […]

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Biofuels are changing agricultural economics

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

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