Its 2009 and some things don’t change… the its your fault, no its your fault arguments over how much the biofuel industry is to blame for high food prices is one argument that is bringing some heat to this frigid January in London. The heat is coming from the US, and is only a little […]
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This is a guest post from Professor David B. Benson (retired), who is a regular commenter on The Big Biofuels Blog.David’s contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org Biofuel——- Photosynthesis uses only a very small fraction of the available sunlight. This means that growing biomass to make biofuels will require considerable land (and water) resources. Even so, these are […]
Interesting, if off topic, Maribo has piece on the way that the US fast food industry is built on corn. I’ll have the corn with a side of corn, too.
Bill Clinton, ex US president, was speaking at world food day recently. He said: “We should go back to a policy of maximum agriculturalself-sufficiency,” Clinton said. While there would always be a globalmarket for crops like rice, wheat and corn, he added, “it is crazy forus to think we can develop a lot of these […]
Interesting article on Report Buyer which says electricity could be generated from waste food about using localised digesters to convert food waste into biofuels.Digesters are one part of the answer perhaps. Another useful part could be the use of pyrolysis to convert the remaining biomass into gasses. These gases could be burned directly (like old […]
The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation wants subsisidies, tariffs and tax-breaks for biofuels production examined and possibly reduced in a press release which marks the publication of its annual report The State of Food. That report makes a compelling case for the use of cellulosic routes to biofuels, and by implication for much greater […]
Unilever is against mandatory biofuel targets, according to the Guardian newspaper this morning. The huge soap-to-food empire is opposed on the basis that switching crops from food to biofuels is pushing up the prices in the developing world. Unilever has chosen to present its views to a meeting of Commonwealth finance ministers in St Lucia. […]
The World Bank’s Development Prospects Group blames biofuels for rising food prices. For me the key passages in the 21page pdf are these. The United States is the largest producer of ethanol from maize and is expected to useabout 81 million tons for ethanol in the 2007/08 crop year. Canada, China and theEuropean Union used […]
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. […]
Looks to me like the world food summit is going to put pressure on ethanol and biofuel more generally in this report from the Times Online.