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2006-02-28 15:48:26

By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - A small North Carolina-based specialty crops company is trying to turn a humble wildflower into a major new oilseed crop that could produce an alternative to coconut and palm oils. After 20 years in development, cuphea (koo-FEE-ah) will start its second planting this spring in the Midwestern United States. "It's grown (as a crop) nowhere else in the world," said Andrew Hebard, chief executive of Technology Crops International...

2006-01-05 06:45:00

OXFORD -- Waste products make a better biofuel than traditional British crops such as rapeseed and grain because of the energy it takes to grow them, a former chairman of Shell Trading and Transport said on Thursday. "The attractive thing about waste is that it represents a problem," Lord Oxburgh told reporters at the annual Oxford Farming Conference. He said rapeseed and grain required fertiliser inputs, effectively negating much of the savings they might otherwise provide when changed into...

2005-12-09 06:00:00

By Nichola Groom LOS ANGELES -- Kellogg Co., the world's largest cereal maker, said on Friday it plans to reduce artery-clogging trans fats in some of its products and called on others to invest in a new variety of soybean oil it said is healthier than other trans-fat-free oils. Kellogg said it plans to replace trans-fat-producing oils in products like Cheez-It crackers and Pop Tarts toaster pastries with Monsanto Co.'s Vistive, a soy oil introduced last year that reduces the need for partial...

2005-10-18 12:17:27

By Karina Grazina CHACABUCO, Argentina (Reuters) - Armed with 12 tonnes of soybeans, a young Argentine engineer named Edmundo Defferrari can produce enough fuel in one day to fill the tanks of five soy trucks. Backed by local seed company Don Mario, Defferrari developed a biodiesel plant prototype in Chacabuco, Buenos Aires province, at a cost of 450,000 pesos ($152, 000). The engineer's goal is to sell similar plants to farmers who are anxious to lower their fuel costs or even...

2005-10-13 08:25:00

AMSTERDAM -- Pouring vegetable oil over your salad or into your car's petrol tank is increasingly becoming a critical choice as Europe's rapidly growing biofuel industry soaks up more and more of available supply. Soaring crude oil prices have turned "green" fuel producers into fierce competitors for European vegetable oils, much of which until recently would likely have been stockpiled. "Food manufacturers are getting nervous about the effect on prices," said Pascal Cogels, Director General...

2005-08-22 02:03:55

By Ade Rina and Tomi Soetjipto JAKARTA (Reuters) - Heavy rains and an international firefighting effort on Indonesia's Sumatra have extinguished most forest fires that had spewed choking haze over parts of the island and neighboring Malaysia, officials said on Monday. Smoke from the fires on Sumatra island blanketed parts of peninsular Malaysia -- including its capital city, Kuala Lumpur -- in recent weeks, prompting the country to send firefighters to Sumatra last week. Singapore,...

Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.