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US and EU must change biofuel targets to avert food crisis, says Nestlé chief

Food company chief executive labels biofuels an aberration and expresses concern about potential impact of water wastage Continue reading

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Impact of climate change on food prices is underestimated, Oxfam warns

Price spikes will be a devastating blow to the world’s poorest and will also affect UK consumers

Well yes but the current solar quiescence does not guarantee we are in for a disastrous cold spell. We do, however, need to remain watchful and ensure we keep our options open – none of this burning food instead of fossil fuels nonsense. Continue reading

The era of cheap food may be over

The last decade saw the end of cheap oil, the magic growth ingredient for the global economy after the second world war. This summer’s increase in maize, wheat and soya bean prices – the third spike in the past five years – suggests the era of cheap food is also over. Continue reading

Price of essentials rises by 10 per cent

The G20 is under growing pressure to call an emergency food summit after the price of essentials jumped by ten per cent on average in July. Continue reading

Biogas Boom in Germany Leads to Modern-Day Land Grab

Creating energy from corn once seemed like a revolutionary idea in Germany. But subsidies for the biogas industry have led to entire regions of the country being covered by the crop, and investors are eagerly waiting for local farmers’ land to go for sale. Some of those farmers who lease their land say they have been “ruined.” Continue reading

Is Ethanol Cheaper Than Gasoline?

CLICK HERE to tell the EPA to waive the ethanol mandates and  relieve pressure on our nation’s food supply, fuel prices, and vehicle fleet. Continue reading

Biofuels industry to Obama: Hang tough on renewable fuel standard

Well imagine that, subsidy farmers want subsidies and mandates kept Continue reading

Threat of EU Tariffs on US Bioethanol?

The countries of the European Union are examining whether US bioethanol producers are receiving trade-distorting government aid, which could lead the EU to impose retroactive tariffs on US bioethanol products exported to European countries. Continue reading

Burning corn in a famine: The obscenity of the corn ethanol mandate

Will the time come when we ask ourselves, “do I serve this wonderful yellow corn for dinner, or do I need to save it for my gas tank?” Continue reading

Brian McGraw: Mitt Romney’s Ethanol Problem

While I’ll be the first to admit I would prefer Mitt Romney’s energy policies to those of President Obama, especially his appreciation for increased energy production on public lands and the OCS, I found his newly released energy policy white paper slightly humorous in parts. Continue reading

Biofuel boondoggle popular in corn state

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad urged the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to retain the Renewable Fuel Standard, which is the basis for the demand for ethanol. Continue reading

Georgia, New Mexico join call for end to U.S. ethanol rule

Two U.S. states that depend on the livestock industry are adding their voices to a string of states asking Washington to ease pressure on corn prices by suspending rules that send a large share of the crop to produce ethanol. Continue reading

The Cost of Hunger: Drought Only One Factor Behind High Food Prices

The severe drought in the US has been blamed the rising prices of agricultural commodities. But that is only part of the story: Biofuels, financial speculation and changing dietary habits are also playing a role. The global food supply faces pressure from all sides. Continue reading

Study: U.S. could put a big dent in food prices by relaxing ethanol rules

The worst U.S. drought in half a century has hampered the country’s corn production and caused plenty of worry about the rising cost of food worldwide. But the spike also raises a policy question. Should the United States now suspend its rules that divert a hefty portion of the U.S. corn crop—40 percent, by some counts—into ethanol fuel for cars and trucks? Continue reading

MIT and UC Davis Scholars Agree: Ethanol Hasn’t Made Gasoline Cheaper

Back in May, we posted a critique of a Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) study that purported to show how ethanol mandates and subsidies had held down gasoline prices for American motorists. Continue reading

The Real Reason Why the U.S. Military is Going Green

Start drilling if you’re worried about supply, dopey and back it up with Fischer-Tropsch or better because we have coal literally to burn. Continue reading

How A Biofuel Dream Called Jatropha Came Crashing Down

From Congress to The Colbert Report, people are talking about the Midwestern drought and debating whether it makes sense to convert the country’s shrinking corn supplies into ethanol to power our cars. Continue reading

As grain prices rise, so does Germany’s debate over biofuel

Two German cabinet members have squared off on whether biofuel production is contributing to higher food prices. Biodiesel and bioethanol provide about 6 percent of the overall fuel supply. Continue reading

EPA seeks input on ethanol mandate waiver requests

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday said it has begun weighing requests to suspend the U.S. ethanol mandate, which requires refiners to blend ethanol into gasoline, and is seeking public feedback. Continue reading

Biofuel fails EU sustainability test, German researchers claim

Study says EU-grown rapeseed biodiesel falls under 35% marker, adding weight to calls to end food biofuels Continue reading