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The Malaysian Minster of Plantation Indusries on sustainability

The Malaysian Minister of Plantation Industries spoke exclusively to the World Refinning Association ahead of the Asian Biofuels Roundtable to be held in Malaysia at 23-25 March. It is interesting that there is no discussion of prior informed consent of the people who live in the land and who may not be farmers. He is […]

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Will water be the limiting factor in biofuel production?

I have blogged in the past about the relationship between water and biofuels. There can’t be conventional grain-based biofuels without water. But there was an interesting post on EurActive a little earlier today in response to the annual Davos meeting. This year it produced a  Water Initiative. Buried deep (page 22),the Davos report it suggests […]

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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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Biofuels push 260m people in to hunger, ActionAid

The charity Action Aid estimates that 260m people have been driven into fuel poverty by biofuels in a story reported in today’s Guardian Unlimited. Dr Claire Melamed, ActionAid’s head of trade policy says. “The world needs to start again and plan properly. If biofuels areto play a part in a renewable energy strategy we must […]

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1 bn acres of unused agricultural land world wide could produce biofuels

1 bn acres of unused agricultural land world wide could produce biofuels, according to the Stanford News Service in a piece called Feeding and fuelling the future: the bioenergy potential of reviving abandoned agricultural land.The authors estimate that this is about a quarter of the total agricultural land in use. Land is abandoned for a […]

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Looks like the world food summit will put pressure on ethanol

Looks to me like the world food summit is going to put pressure on ethanol and biofuel more generally in this report from the Times Online. 

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farmers and ethanol firms blame oil for food costs

US farmers and ethanol firms blame oil for food costs, according to my pal Joe Kamalick on ICIS news. (Disclosure: I work for ICIS: About ICIS) Looks to me that

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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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A christmas thought

Let’s reduce pressure on world food stuffs as soon as we can. According to the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation in mid December… Currently 37 countries worldwide are facing food crises due to conflict and disasters. In addition, food security is being adversely affected by unprecedented price hikes for basic food, driven by historically […]

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I’m moderating the 2008 World Biofuels Markets Congress

I’m going to be moderating the plenary session of the 2008 World Biofuels Markets Congress, to be held 12th-14th March, 2008 at the Brussels Exhibition Centre, Belgium. The organisers, Greenpower conferences, are expecting around 1300 people to turn up with CEO’s banks and the financial community attending. I’ll also be appearing live and in person […]

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