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Record rains dampen crops in US midwest

Record rains are dampening hopes for the harvest in the US midwest, according to my colleague David Rosen on ICIS news.(Disclosure: I work for ICIS: About ICIS)The piece is written for two big issues: fertilizers and food. It misses a third, biofuels. If the crop is bad then the price of corn will rise, if […]

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A salutory lesson in fuel efficiency

I’ve just been given a salutory lesson in fuel efficiency on my way back from a week’s holiday. I took the holiday after filming for a week in the US for my employer ICIS around the NPRA’s recent convention in San Antonio, Texas. You can see the output at ICIS TV. Granted that I got […]

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Drying of the West

You might not want to build an ethanol plant west of the Mississippi after you’ve read this article in National Geographic Magazine about the Drying of the West. It looks like the Western states of the US have been enjoying something of a bath for the past 200 years and global warming is pulling the […]

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Subsituting soy for corn leads to deforestation in Brazil

Subsituting soy for wheat leads to deforestation in Brazil, according to story in Science just before Christmas. According to the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute’ many American soy farmers are shifting to corn to qualify for the government subsidies. Since 2006, US corn production rose 19% while soy farming fell by 15%. Its worth reading the […]

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Brazilian dilemmas

Two interesting and contrasting views on how biofuels could affect the Brazilian ecosystem are outlined in Ethablog and biopact. Ethablog looks at the common interests between Archer Daniels Midland and the governor of Matto Grosso state. Biopact wonders whether Brazil could produce enough bioethanol to take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and slow global […]

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