Monthly Archives: July 2008

A Tale of Two Studies

Don Mitchell of the World Bank’s Development Prospects Group has released an official version of his analysis of biofuels’ impact on the rise in global food prices. An early version of the study was leaked to the Guardian in London on July 4. Mitchell attributes 70 to 75 percent of the increase in food commodities prices to “biofuels and the related consequences of low grain stocks, large land use shifts, speculative activity and export bans.” Read More >

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Pile it On

This summer the Illinois Corn Marketing Board and Illinois Corn Growers decided to focus on getting positive messages regarding corn to young consumers utilizing the internet. Megan Ott and Danny Harms have produced a series of tongue-in-cheek YouTube videos. In this video, Danny and Megan take a look at one myth surrounding the corn based ethanol debate. Check it out… [youtube=http://youtube.com/watch?v=ORpM3PEJ1QU]

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Purdue University Weighs In on What’s Driving Food Prices

The Farm Foundation recently released a report prepared by Purdue University agricultural economists on the forces driving food price increases. They conclude that higher food prices are the result of the complex interaction of global changes in supply and demand for commodities, the depreciation of the U.S. dollar, as well as growth in production of biofuels. According to the authors, these factors have combined to rapidly raise demand for U.S. grains beyond current production, leading Read More >

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It’s Carbon Payback Time

A recent study from researchers at the University of Wisconsin takes another look at the “carbon debt” models proposed by Searchinger and Fargione in ScienceXpress earlier this year. Searchinger and Fargione argued that biofuel development in the United States and Europe would lead to the destruction of rainforests and grassland in Brazil and other tropical climates, which would of course release massive amounts of carbon into the atmosphere (See earlier posting). The new study takes Read More >

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BIOTECH, India

I was poking around on YouTube today, looking for stuff about biotechnology. It’s kinda like going through someone’s attic. Anyway I found some neat stuff. BIOTECH, in India is doing some neat things with biotechnology to help the environment. This then reminded me of our Pacific Rim meeting, where we will have companies from India participating. Anyway, check out the video. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrtINiLgNKY]

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