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Jatropha plantations for Florida–Biofuels Digest

A report in Biofuels Digest says that My Dream Fuels is aiming to plant around 900 000 jatropha trees in Florida. The firm says that its trees will mature in 8 months and significantly out perform wild Jatropha strains. My Dream Fuel is already working with Lee County, Florida and hopes to be able to […]

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Air New Zealand to try Jatropha based biofuel by end 2008

Air New Zealand to try Jatropha based biofuel by end 2008 the firm is working with Rolls Royce which has been looking at Jatropha-based fuels since 2005. 

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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. […]

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India’s state-subsidised biofuel project close to launch

India’s state-subsidised biofuel project close to launch, according to the Indian Financial Express Newspaper on Monday. One of the high points will be a trial plantation of 4m acres of Jatropha, according to the report. The other is that the Indian government expects that the programme will not have any impact on the price of […]

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Are biofuels causing food price rises? Gallagher’s answer

The Gallagher Review into biofuels has a view on how the diversion of food into biofuel crops affects prices but its not clear. Partly that’s because it’s economics (if predicting the weather is hard, why do economists try to produce simple models when meteorologists don’t? )Gallagher says that the apparent impact of biofuels on food prices […]

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Jatropha good bad or indifferent

Its worth taking a few minutes to look at the blogosphere’s view of Jatropha: Here are three. It is very bad, according to By Sujeet Kumar writing in India eNews and may be harmful to kids, animals, plants and soils. Kumar quotes Pankaj Oudhia, a Raipur-based agricultural scientist, who makes the claims on the basis […]

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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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D1 Oils may seek more funding

D1 Oils may seek more funding from financial institutions, according to a report in the Telegraph. The firm has been hit by subsidised US Biofuel finding its way into the European market But for me the interesting parts in the story are that the firm is being viewed as an agriculutural play, not as a […]

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D1 oils responds to the Monbiot in the today’s Guardian

D1 Oils’ chairman (Ron) Lord Oxburgh has responded to the Guardian Newspaper’s columnist George Monbiot’s piece on 12 February about biofuels today , you can see the full text of the exchange on in the comments on this post D1 oils says Jatropha is different in Bali. Monbiot is a journalist who makes part of […]

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More on Pongamia

I was sent a link to Roshini Greener Biofuel, an Indian company which specialises in plantations of non-edible oils.The firm sees considerable scope for these plantations, particulalrly Pongamia in arid parts of the world.

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