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Biofuel, climate change and poverty: three sides of a triangle

In an interview with Reuters, UNDP Administrator Kemal Dervis, who runsa development network covering 166 countries, called for coordinationto cope with spikes in food prices and an integrated strategy fordevelopment and climate change.He makes a number of good points.

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US biofuel industry says: don’t blame us for food price hikes

The US National  Biodiesel Board is telling people that the rise in prices at grocery stores is down to the rise in fuel prices not down to the diversion of food crops in the US into fuel. Joe Jobe, the NBB ceo says that the Grocery Manufacturers Association is campaigning to put the blame for […]

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There’s no free grease any more.

There’s no free grease any more, that’s the mournful message from Christopher Griffin, director of legal affairs for Griffin Industries, a company that collects raw grease in 20 states and turns it into yellow grease. Its all under contract, apparently. It didn’t take people long to realise that there’s value in old chip fat. So […]

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Is US biofuel policy about soaking tax payers and starving the world

Is US biofuel policy about soaking tax payers and starving the world? The Richmond Times Despatch thinks so in its InRich Blog. Barton Hinkle’s piece makes the link between food aid, the ability of biofuel to lift the rural poor in developing nations out of subsistence farming and on the corruption that accompanies much food […]

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farmers and ethanol firms blame oil for food costs

US farmers and ethanol firms blame oil for food costs, according to my pal Joe Kamalick on ICIS news. (Disclosure: I work for ICIS: About ICIS) Looks to me that

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Is the UN’s food policy diametrically opposed to current biofuels

Is the UN’s food policy diametrically opposed to the current generation of biofuels? I only ask because Ban Ki-moon, that the UN food task force will chair has decided in Berne “The first and immediate priority issue that we all agreed was that we must feed the hungry,” Mr Ban said after a meeting of […]

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How much is ethanol costing the US

How much does ethanol cost the US, that’s the question on a post from Say Anything. just to remind us the author spells it out like this… The other think that’s remarkable in this article is just how much the ethanol subisdy is costing us. When we fill up with a gallon of ethanol it’s […]

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Fertilizer and biofuels

The New York Times has discovered that you need fertiliser to grow corn. The august organ has also discovered that not all the nitrogen fertiliser gets absorbed by the plants and that it can run off into rivers and cause dead zones where these discharge into the sea. Thanks to uncorrelated.

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Fuel from Corn

I saw this image on Flickr (thankyou Mista Fitz) and thought it was a rather strong image of what many people think is wrong with biofuels at the moment. It may not tell the whole story in terms of the price of food. It’s a pretty healthy-looking piece of corn, not a dried-up seed head […]

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Biofuels are involved in “a crime against humanity again”

Biofuels are involved in a crime against humanity again. Only this time it’s NOT growing biofuels that would be the crime. Confused? World opinion certainly is. This time its Brazil’s president Lula who says that discarding biofuels would be the crime. Lula was speaking at a UN meeting in only days after Jean Zeigler, the […]

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