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Ensus new website outlines paradox at heart of biofuel from food processes

Ensus new website, for me outlines the paradox at the heart of the biofuel from food processes. If you take food out of the food chain then there’s less to eat. It really is that simple even if you’re using animal grade wheat. Animals cannot surely live on just protein and bran? With a minimum […]

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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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Could Russia become a biofuel superpower?

This is a bit of a long shot but reading this report in the UK’s Daily Telegraph about Russia using big a good harvest as a foreign policy tool, got me thinking about the possibility of it becoming a biofuel superpower. While the trust of the article is about a record wheat harvest, this paragraph […]

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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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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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1000 entries and what have we learned?

Put out the flags. I’ve reached the 1000 post mark. I started this in October 2006 with an open if sceptical mind. Its been a lot of fun so far. I’ve met a whole bunch of people who have commented on what I’ve written and offered suggestions and I’d like to thank you for that. […]

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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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Is the rising price of corn forcing up the price of food?

Is the rising price of corn forcing up the price of food? Despite the measured tones (and graph) in my previous post (Is the price of corn too low?),the price of bagels in New York seems to be more closely tied to the price of a bushel of wheat than I had previously imagined, at […]

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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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