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FAO wants biofuel support examined and outlines world biofuel capacity

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 […]

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Tropical maize may be better than US corn for biofuels

Tropical maize may be better than US corn for biofuels according to Physorg.com. There are researchers in the mid west growing tropical maize, it grows to about 14 feet (about 4m) and because it does not produce ears concentrates sugar in its stem. I guess that it grows in a manner similar to traditional maize. […]

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World Bank blames biofuels for rising food prices

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 […]

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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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Food vs Fuel a Scottish perspective

There’s an interesting , if long in the Sunday Herald a Scottish newspaper, about how the interplay between food and fuel could play out. The key points of Kenney Kemp’s article is that not all countries have more land to farm The bad news for Scotland is that its farming industry is not in a […]

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How the harvest is looking

As the harvest is almost entirely in around the world. Its perhaps worth looking at how the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation sees this year’s harvest The good news for North American ethanol producers is that there was a bumper corn crop this year, the bad news is that demand is high and so are […]

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Energy Crops crunching the numbers

Researchers in Belgium have looked at the energy that can be released from grass and maize by anerobic digestion (that’s letting things rot down, to you and me). According to the research published in Environmental Research Web, energetically this way looks favourable. It is interesting to see research in this area. In terms of biofuels […]

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Crop prices hit records in key grains

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation published its most recent crops prospect and Food Situation Report. Key findings to chew over as you go to the report: The global cereal supply and demand situation has continued to tighten in recent months, reflecting the deterioration of prospects for the 2007 world cereal production, which nevertheless is […]

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Maize and wheat prices could stay high for 10 years

Maize and wheat prices have shot up to their highest levels since 2000 in the past few months, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), and reported on Yubanet. The report says an increased demand for biofuel production may keep prices above historic levels for the next 10 years and have an impact […]

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Water and biofuels

OK, it seems to me that a lot of the talk about biofuels from renewable sources such as cattle waste, wheat, or cassava relies fundamentally on the amount of water available in the locations that are being farmed. My current worry is that

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