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2010-04-20 07:50:00

Using productive farmland to grow crops for food instead of fuel is more energy efficient, Michigan State University scientists concluded, after analyzing 17 years' worth of data to help settle the food versus fuel debate. "It's 36 percent more efficient to grow grain for food than for fuel," said Ilya Gelfand, an MSU postdoctoral researcher and lead author of the study. "The ideal is to grow corn for food, then leave half the leftover stalks and leaves on the field for soil conservation and...

2010-04-05 19:17:00

SAO PAULO, April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Today's announcement that the Brazilian government has unilaterally eliminated its tariff on imported ethanol is a major step forward in building a global biofuels marketplace, according to the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA). "UNICA believes that free trade is a two way street and Brazil, as the largest producer of cane ethanol and largest exporter of ethanol in the world, with 60% of the global market, will lead by example and...

2010-03-25 11:35:00

WASHINGTON, March 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In response to newly introduced legislation from Reps. Earl Pomeroy (D-ND) and John Shimkus (R-IL) extending subsidies to corn ethanol and the 54-cents per gallon tariff on imported ethanol - particularly sugarcane ethanol from Brazil - for five more years, the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) issued the following statement. The statement should be attributed to Joel Velasco, UNICA's Chief Representative in North America....

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2010-03-24 14:15:00

Grocery shoppers face hefty price increases if bad weather withers a U.S. corn crop that is now tethered to grain-intensive renewable fuel mandates, a new University of Illinois study warns. A corn shortage, coupled with surging demand to meet government-ordered ethanol standards, could push cash prices to $7 a bushel, the study found, squeezing livestock producers and driving up prices for meat, milk, eggs and other farm staples. Economists Darrel Good and Scott Irwin say federal...

2010-03-05 15:11:00

MANHATTAN, Kan., March 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To feed a world population projected to exceed 9 billion people by 2050, technology that can enhance food production will be a significant asset, according to a Kansas State University agricultural economist. Ted Schroeder, university distinguished professor of agricultural economics, said dramatically increased food prices around the world in recent years, social unrest over food scarcity in countries like Argentina, Bangladesh, Egypt,...

2010-01-06 12:27:02

Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy paper cites economic, environmental and logistical shortcomings The United States needs to fundamentally rethink its policy of promoting ethanol to diversify its energy sources and increase energy security, according to a new policy paper by Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. The paper, "Fundamentals of a Sustainable U.S. Biofuels Policy," questions the economic, environmental and logistical basis for the billions of...

2009-11-30 06:00:00

COLUMBIA, Md., Nov. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Renewable fuels provider New Generation Biofuels Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: NGBF) today announced that on December 9, 2009 NGBF's Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Andrea Festuccia, will speak at Power-Gen International 2009, the world's largest power generation conference. The Company will also have a booth to exhibit its proprietary technology. Attendees are expected from 27 countries, including China, Brazil, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and...

2009-11-23 12:24:00

NEW YORK, Nov. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue. Biofuels Markets and Technologies http://www.reportlinker.com/p0165345/Biofuels-Markets-and-Technologies.html#utm_source=prnewswire&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=prnewswire Biofuels Markets and Technologies Ethanol and Biodiesel Demand Drivers, Policy Issues, Emerging Technologies, Key Players, and Forecasts Driven by a quest for energy security,...

2009-10-30 11:40:00

FORT LEE, N.J., Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Inflation Association today released the following statement to its http://inflation.us members: "While most mainstream economists such as Nouriel Roubini are warning of deflationary threats to the U.S. economy, it is our belief that massive price inflation has already begun. The Federal Reserve's policy of massive monetary inflation in 2009 has caused the Dow Jones to bounce over 50% from its low, oil to rise 100% from its low, and gold...

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2009-10-16 14:33:47

Governments should adopt a more sophisticated approach to developing biofuels, and should incorporate them into wider strategies for energy, climate, land-use, water and agricultural if their deployment is to be of maximum benefit to society, said the U.N. Environment Program (UNEP) in a report issued Friday. The report, entitled "Towards Sustainable Production and Use of Resources: Assessing Biofuels", is the first by UNEP's International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management, and is...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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