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  • The agricultural sector also wants to contribute biofuel

    The biggest volumes of biofuel raw material are in the forest but the agricultural sector can also contribute more renewable energy. At least, so says the Swedish Board of Agriculture, which had a stand at World Bioenergy 2010. “Willow, reed canary grass and rapeseed are some of the energy crops with major potential,” says Tobias Kreuzpointner, responsible for business and landscape ...


    By Elmia AB

  • AP article overlooks positives in agriculture, unfairly criticizes biofuels

    A recent article by the Associated Press attacks American agriculture by blaming biofuels for harming our natural resources. Unfortunately, the story recycles the same tired arguments, and overlooks several facts that deserve to be highlighted. The article’s main conclusion is that biofuels have incentivized farmers to plant corn, and this increased corn production has led to environmental ...


    By National Farmers Union

  • Energy Department Joins Navy and Agriculture Departments to Invest in Drop-In Biofuel for Military

    Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman joined Tom Vilsack, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Secretary Ray Mabus of the U.S. Department of Navy, on September 19, 2014, to announce awards for three commercial-scale biorefinery projects that will help meet the transportation needs of the U.S. military and private sector. Together these three projects will ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Biofuels benefit billionaires

    Biofuels will serve the interests of large industrial groups rather than helping to cut carbon emissions and ward off climate change, according to research to be published in the International Journal of Environment and Health this month. Simone Vieri of the University “La Sapienza” of Rome, Italy, explains that ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • When biofuels and biosecurity meet

    “New agricultural non-food crops, especially those developed to meet the growing demand for biofuels and other renewable industrial needs in the 21st Century, will have to meet triple bottom line – people, planet, profit – criteria,” says CSIRO Entomology’s Dr Andy Sheppard. “Sustainable management of pests in new crops and minimisation of any invasive threats these crops pose to the environment ...

  • Food as fuel - are biofuels to blame?

    The United Nations has accused the US and the European Union of having taken the "criminal path" by contributing to an explosive rise in global food prices through using food crops to produce biofuels. This comes in the wake of skyrocketing prices and plummeting food supplies in the developing world. But many questions remain as to whether biofuels are the root cause of the current world food ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Biofuels Wrongfully Accused

    The media is at it once again: accusing biofuels of harming our nation’s natural resources. it surprises me that a clean burning, renewable product is such a target. After all, if the alternative is increased amounts of oil imported from the Middle East, I will choose the product that is produced in rural America, is more environmentally friendly, and supports the rural economy. ...


    By National Farmers Union

  • Food as fuel - are biofuels to blame?

    The United Nations has accused the US and the European Union of having taken the 'criminal path' by contributing to an explosive rise in global food prices through using food crops to produce biofuels. This comes in the wake of skyrocketing prices and plummeting food supplies in the developing world. But many questions remain as to whether biofuels are the root cause of the current world food ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • From Mules to Biofuels

    Farmers and policymakers are wrestling with two main concerns when it comes to ethanol production: the effect of ethanol demand on food prices, and changes in land use that are detrimental to the environment. While families were sharing corn at backyard barbecues this summer, both issues perked up ears across the globe. The Environmental Protection Agency rejected Texas Governor Rick Perry's ...

  • Wastepaper could be biofuel source

    Converting waste such as paper and cardboard into biofuel is a neglected option that could provide clean energy, cut the amount of municipal waste and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, researchers say. Around 83 billion litres of ethanol could be produced from waste paper, according to their model. This could replace five per cent of the world's global petrol demand. Moreover, ethanol produced ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Grass Is Greener For Biofuels Future

    A genetically-engineered bacterium developed by scientists in the US can produce ethanol biofuel from coarse, wild-growing switchgrass, rather than using vital food crops such as maize. Scientists in the US claim they have developed a simple, one-step process that turns plant tissue into biofuel. A genetically-engineered bacterium can convert switchgrass into ethanol directly, without any ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • ReportsnReports - Understanding Biofuels

    Understanding Biofuels  The topic of biofuels has drawn increased interest worldwide in the wake of steeply-climbing fossil fuel prices in 2005-2006. In late 2006/early 2007 prices began to subside, but are unlikely to return to their former levels. The painful experience of national economies at the mercy of ...


  • Controversy over biofuels grows

    New research suggests that nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions associated with growing some biofuel crops may be much greater than previously thought and could be high enough to outweigh the potential CO2 savings associated with biofuels. Producing fuels from crops such as rapeseed is one strategy being explored to replace fossil fuels, with a view to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the ...

  • Biofuels searching for a place in the sun

    Biofuels have long been viewed as a means to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles. However recent research indicates that extracting this fuel from plants has the potential to release more greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than the burning of fossil fuels. This is just one of many problems facing biofuels as it seeks to find a place in the renewable energy landscape. Currently the ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • An economical method of biofuel production

    Fuels made from plant materials could play a role in the move to more sustainable energy production. A new costing study suggests that large-scale biomass-to-liquid (BTL) plants, could manufacture such synthetic fuels ('biosynfuel') at a cost of about 1 Euro per kg in central Europe. Under the EU Climate Action and Renewable Energy package1, Member States need to source a minimum of 10 per cent ...

  • World Biofuels Report

    Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue:   World Biofuels Report ...


    By ReportLinker

  • Departments of the Navy, Energy and Agriculture Invest in Construction of Three Biorefineries to Produce Drop-In Biofuel for Military

    As part of a 2011 Presidential directive, the Departments of Navy, Energy, and Agriculture announced today that three companies have been awarded contracts to construct and commission biorefineries capable of producing “drop-in” biofuels to meet the transportation needs of the military and private sector. Made through the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Defense Protection Act ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Agriculture and Energy Departments Announce new investments to drive innovations in biofuels and biobased products

    As part of the Obama Administration's all-of-the-above strategy to enhance U.S. energy security, reduce America's reliance on imported oil and leverage our domestic energy supply, while also supporting rural economies, the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Energy today announced a $41 million investment in 13 projects that will drive more efficient biofuels production and feedstock ...

  • Brachypodium will be a big help in biofuels research

    A short little grass known as purple false brome may speed discoveries about switchgrass, its famous cousin and energy-crop hopeful. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists like John Vogel and Yong Gu at the agency's Western Regional Research Center in Albany, Calif., are probing the genetic makeup of purple false brome, or Brachypodium distachyon, as a faster way to learn more about the ...

  • Leading world organisations warn on biofuels

    A report by a coalition of leading inter-governmental organisations has called for an end to all subsidies and targets for biofuels. The report, whose backers include the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organisation, also calls for an acceleration in research into alternative ways of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and securing energy supplies. At a time when the ...

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