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ICIS has broadened the scope of its biofuel price reports.

ICIS has broadened the scope of its biofuel price reports. In Europe, adding to the comprehensive biodiesel coverage of rapeseed methyl ester (RME) and fatty acid methyl ester (FAME -5 & -0 CFPP), the report will now also reflect biodiesel (methyl ester) prices of palm-based methyl ester (PME CIF ARA T2) soya-based methyl ester (SME […]

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US almost out of corns stocks by harvest 09

The US will be almost out of corn stocks by harvest 09, according to Phil Brasher in the Des Moines Register. You must read the article it points up the complete failure of corn to ethanol as a sensible economic or fuel policy. Key quote 1 Corn supplies are projected to fall by one-third to […]

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EU Parliament’s decison to change its biofuel approach worries Malaysians

The European Parliament’s decision to change its approach to biofuels has worried the Malaysian government, accroding to a report in Bernama.com.The Euroepan parliament decided on 11 September that there would be a binding 5% quota on the use of biofuels across Europe by 2015 but that there should be less emphasis on palm oil, soya […]

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Biofuels drive up food prices: Bodman and Scafer

There’s been a  definitive piece of work on biofuels and food prices presented to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on 11 June chaired by Jeff Bingaman. Two secretaries of state Samuel W. Bodman (energy) and Edward T. Schafer (agriculture) respond to a series of questions from the committee: We would again caution, […]

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Al Jazeera on Biofuels

Check this from Al Jazeera on biofuels. Balanced interview with UK Special Rapporteur for food and European Biofuel proponent.

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Brazil wants to be a biodiesel superpower too

Brazil wants to be a biodiesel super power as it jockeys for biodisel market share, but may be derailed by the high price of soy, according to, John Waggoner, on ICIS news. (Disclosure: I work for ICIS: About ICIS) John’s report says Brazil could become the world’s second largest biodiesel producer, with annual production expected […]

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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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If you’ve not got your corn position sorted for 2008 by now you could be in trouble

If you’ve not got your corn position sorted for 2008 by now you could be in trouble, according to the last couple of graphs from US Wheat, the group sees marginal growth in global corn production, but shortages in wheat and soy and prices are likely to be stronger next year…

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The linkages between oil and soy prices

The linkages between oil and soya prices, and, more broadly, the link between food and fuel prices is investigated in this report by Judith Taylor, on ICIS News (Disclosure: I work for ICIS: About ICIS) Quoting from Judith’s report for ICIS News. Crude oil prices in the $70s/bbl mean refined soybean oil prices in the […]

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Farmland prices are rising

Farmland prices are rising because of biofuels, according to the New York Times. DEKALB, Ill. — While much of the nation worries about a slumping real estate market, people in Midwestern farm country are experiencing exactly the opposite. Take, for instance, the farm here — nearly 80 acres of corn and soybeans off a gravel […]

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