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FAO’s case studies on small-scale bioenergy initiatives

The FAO has pdf on the impacts that small scale biofuels initiatives have had on the lives of participants in the developing world. It is downloadable as a PDF.  The report is interesting because it approaches the users and producers of biofuels as being market participants. 

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Biofuels from timber, perhaps you should be in Vienna now

Oh the things you find out too late to do much about. That’s what comes of thinking strategically of other things. Anyway. It’s European Forest week at the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation in Rome. NOW. The website says European Forest Week 2008 celebrates the contribution of European forests in mitigating climate change, providing wood […]

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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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Is the UN’s food policy diametrically opposed to current biofuels

Is the UN’s food policy diametrically opposed to the current generation of biofuels? I only ask because Ban Ki-moon, that the UN food task force will chair has decided in Berne “The first and immediate priority issue that we all agreed was that we must feed the hungry,” Mr Ban said after a meeting of […]

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Biofuels and food

It will be interesting to see if this FAO “Summit on food security”, scheduled for 3 to 5 June 2008 at the FAO headquarters in Rome will get any further towards what to do about food supplies and fuel. Brazil’s president Lula will be going now. I wonder if he’ll be in the same room […]

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Biofuels are involved in “a crime against humanity again”

Biofuels are involved in a crime against humanity again. Only this time it’s NOT growing biofuels that would be the crime. Confused? World opinion certainly is. This time its Brazil’s president Lula who says that discarding biofuels would be the crime. Lula was speaking at a UN meeting in only days after Jean Zeigler, the […]

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Food prices and food aid

Food prices are rising and this is putting increasing pressure on food aid, according to the United Nations, and reported in yesterday’s Guardian. That report, which has a list of food hotspots, says: “We will have a problem in coming months,” said Josette Sheeran, the head of the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP). “We will […]

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UN FAO has more doubts about biofuels

Over on Greenbang, there’s an interesting comment on the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation’s latest thoughts on biofuels and the spike they are causing in agricultural commodity prices. http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5hIipI7rsh-IaoutsJKgAmzG5Mh0gD8UBKQ6O1 Its worth reading the report on Regan Suzuki’s comments on the effects that biofuels could have in terms of the competition for agricultural land, water and […]

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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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Governments have responsibiltiy for biofuels policy

UN chief, Ban Ki-moon, has visited a bioethanol plant in Brazil, He too rowed back from the position of UN’s special special rapporteur on the right to food, Jean Ziegler, who said biofuels are a crime against humanity. According to Brazilmag Ban said said: “Some fear that land currently used to grow food will instead […]

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