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2008-08-22 00:00:26

By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) - As prices for crude oil and other commodities ease, Americans have gotten a small dose of relief at the gas pump. But don't expect less pain at the grocery counter. Food inflation is to stay - and will probably get worse for some things. That's because retail prices for cereal, eggs, cheese and meat generally lag by several months or longer world prices for wheat, corn and soybeans - the raw ingredients of so much of our food. Some food items...

2008-08-14 09:01:03

New Generation Biofuels Holdings has awarded Chicago-based ECE Design, a contract to design its first full-production biofuel manufacturing plant, with an anticipated capacity of 25 million gallons of second-generation biofuel per year. David Gillespie, CEO and president of New Generation Biofuels, said: "We are excited to have ECE Design on board. They are very familiar with alternative fuel manufacturing design and understand our need to produce a quality biofuel. Our renewable biofuel...

2008-08-14 09:00:49

By David Streitfeld After a worrisome start to the growing season that fanned fears of food shortages and huge economic losses, corn, the most important crop in the United States, is now on track for a bountiful harvest. The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday forecast the second- highest corn yield on record, with production of 12.3 billion bushels, or about 600 million bushels more than it had expected earlier in the summer. "We dodged a bullet," said Bill Nelson, a grains...

2008-08-12 09:01:29

BOSTON, Aug. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Allied Minds, a seed investment corporation specializing in early stage university business ventures, has partnered with the University of Washington to establish AXI, LLC to commercialize novel technology to develop and create commercially advantageous strains of algae for the production of biofuels. A number of factors have contributed to the increase in demand for biofuels. National and economic security, crude oil prices, depletion of fossil fuel...

2008-08-06 09:00:41

Excerpt of report headlined "Food crisis at its worst" published by Nepalese newspaper Rajdhani on 6 August Kathmandu, 5 August: An international report says hundreds of thousands of people in Nepal are suffering from food crisis. As reports about food shortage come in from the Karnali region [in midwestern and farwestern Nepal], a report prepared jointly by the UN World Food Programme [WFP] and Nepal Development Research Institute says that at least 2.5m people in rural parts of the...

2008-08-03 12:00:23

By Victor Davis Hanson The latest round of global agricultural trade negotiations that began seven years ago in Doha, Qatar, collapsed in acrimony this week in Geneva. While India and China are getting the blame for refusing to reduce import tariffs and farm subsidies, you can assume that trade officials in Europe and the United States are breathing a sigh of relief that they aren't going to have to limit their own protectionism. Nothing new here. Nor is it a staggering blow to world...

2008-08-01 15:00:48

International Coastal Biofuels, Inc. (Pink Sheets:ICBU), announced today that it completed a reverse merger with Interactive Technologies.com, LTD via a stock-for-stock exchange (stock swap) on May 14, 2008. International Coastal Biofuels, Inc. proposes to manufacture biodiesel, renewable fuel from vegetable oils, offering an ecologically safe fuel with the same performance as that of conventional diesel, at competitive prices. "We expect our markets to expand rapidly all over the...

2008-07-31 06:00:51

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/2f9ce2/emerging_biofuel_m) has announced the addition of the "Emerging Biofuel Market in India" report to their offering. The tag of a developing country with a huge energy demand (it was standing at the fifth position in terms of energy consumption in the world in 2002) has forced India to depend on other countries for fuel (oil), increasing the risk exposure of the country to the volatility of crude oil prices in the...

2008-07-30 21:00:34

By Joseph Morton, Omaha World-Herald, Neb. Jul. 30--WASHINGTON -- The role of ethanol in rising food costs will be at the heart of a Senate Agriculture Committee field hearing in Omaha next month. In announcing the Aug. 18 hearing, Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., said Wednesday that the committee chairman, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, agreed to hold it in the face of what Nelson called an ongoing "smear campaign" against ethanol. Harkin plans to attend, an aide said. Ethanol plants have been...

2008-07-30 12:01:10

By Herb Meeker, Herald & Review, Decatur, Ill. Jul. 30--MATTOON -- Mary Holmes of the National Corn Growers Association realizes that selling the public on the need for alternative fuels is far from the homestretch. "Ethanol is not the only answer, but it is part of the answer," Holmes said Tuesday during a presentation at the Lake Land College Agronomy Day. "We need to get out there more with information. We need to get the facts out to the public." She distributed a list of corn...


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