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UK farmers and biofuels

UK farmers and biofuels get showcased in this excellent video from Farmers Weekly Interactive.

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Lets talk trees

Lets talk trees for a bit. There is a growing realisation that diverting corn or other food sources into fuel is likely to have severe impacts on the world’s ability to feed itself, or at least that the price of food is likely to rise dramatically.  What does that leave, as renewable alternatives? Wood, grass, biomass […]

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Now US Grocers want an end to corn subsidies and ethanol tariffs

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 […]

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Barak Obama Detroit and ethanol

Check out The Frontal Cortex’s report on a speech Barak Obama made in Detroit, the US car capital. It ranged over fuel, farmers and the future of Detroit.  Jonah Lehrer says I’d feel better about Obama’s plans if he wasn’t a leading supporter of the tariff on Brazilian ethanol derived from sugar. (There is a tariff of fifty-four […]

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The American Coalition for ethanol

I’ve just come across the American coalition for ethanol. They’re not likely to be unbiased, but there could be useful information buried on the site.

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Food, fuel and water — who decides?

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?

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Combustion or consumption: how to balance biofuels production.

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 […]

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Curing one addiction could cure another

It is possible that farmers in parts of Latin America are turning from drugs to another cashcrop, produce for biofuels, according to Making Biodiesel. It would be great wouldn’t it if we could cure two addictions with one biofuel crop?

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Orville’s Planting Ethanol Corn

Orville’s Planting Ethanol Corn = a new kind of OPEC.

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The US Food Bill farming and fuel

Dan Imhoff, he explains how the farm bill links the US farming, food and by extension biofuels through state aid for crops like corn, cotton, wheat, soya and rice.

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