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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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Possible biofuel crops for Mozambique

A preliminary study on biofuel production in Mozambique has suggestedthat the most appropriate crops to use would be sunflower, sugar caneand sweet sorghum, according to a repot in allAfrica.com. The report points out the difficulty of trying to grow a fuel crop which is also a food crop: Iberol had intended to produce biofuels from […]

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Brazil’s sugar cane cutters to lose their jobs

According to the Guardian online, Brazil’s sugar cane plantations are going to be increasingly mechanised, leading to job losses in the cane cutters. 

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Praj wins big biofuel contract to supply Vivergo

Praj has won a big biofuels contract to supply key equipment to Vivergo Fuels, UK through its subsidiary, BioCnergy Europa B. V, a Joint Venture with Aker Solutions, Netherlands, according to myiris.com,. The plant is designed to produce 400m litre/year fuel ethanol. In case you didn’t know Vivergo, is a joint venture between DuPont, BP and […]

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Brazil wants biofuels tariff reduction fast tracked at WTO

Brazil wants the WTO to fast track tariff reductions for biofuels on the basis that they are an environmental good, according to Bridges Weekly Trade Digest. Brazil was making representations at Doha Round negotiations on liberalising trade in environmental goods, and called for specific products to be slated for expedited tariff cuts based on a […]

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Nevermind molasses, ferment sugar cane– Indian government

According to Planet Ark, yesterday India’s cabinet started allowing sugar companies to manufacture ethanol directly from sugarcane juice to aid mills struggling with surplus stocks. Until now, ethanol was produced entirely from the sugarcane byproduct, molasses. Looks like they’re solving a sticky situation… (sorry) more seriously it is interesting that the volume of ethanol to […]

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Look out for Japanese super sugar cane ethanol

Japanese researchers have developed a super sugar cane that produces double the volume of sugar comapred with traditonal cane, and could help make ethanol more cheaply… here’s the video…

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Indian government Energy advisor warns on biofuels

An Indian government energy advisor has warned that biofuels could pose problems for his country and would not be the best way to use land or water resources. Surya P Sethi was quoted by Ashok Sharma in the Financial Express, news paper. The report says Based on available data wood plantations provide the best use […]

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Ethanol is not always good, in Barbados

Ethanol is not always a good idea, in countries like Barbados. That is the story the Barbados Free Press has on-line, about the visit of some European Union advisors to the country, who were sent to look into the suitability of converting the Barbadian sugar industry into ethanol production. Worth reading not only for the […]

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US’ Sweet adiction to sugar farmers

The price of the US’ sweet addiction to sugar farmers and the potential for further distorting the market for ethanol in the US is explored in a post over on the Politics of Food. Rachel C. Dechenne says in a post about the 2008 sugar program: In June of this year, SUA and an alliance […]

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