Monthly Archives: February 2009

Lest we forget the nature of research and development

As I was surfing the blogosphere today looking for something to write about I came across Greentech Media‘s post, Algae Biodiesel: It’s $33 a Gallon. The headline, not to mention the first paragraph are both real downers, Although many believe that algae will become one of the chief feedstocks for diesel and even hydrocarbon-like fuels, growing large amounts of algae and then converting the single-celled creatures remains expensive, said experts at the National Biodiesel Conference Read More >

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Biotech Makes Farming Earth-Friendly

BBC News’s weekly “Green Room” features an opinion article about biotechnology’s role in strengthening the security and sustainability of global food production. Dr. Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, German MEP and a member of the European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development writes that we will not be able to sustain a growing population if we do not amend our methods of agricultural production to reflect the new challenges before us. In addition to the challenges of Read More >

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New Studies Support Cellulosic Ethanol

A team of researchers led by Jason Hill and David Tilman at the University of Minnesota have published an interesting assessment of the health costs of both greenhouse gas and fine particulate matter from corn ethanol, gasoline and cellulosic ethanol. The study is available in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences early release for Feb. 10. The conclusion is favorable to cellulosic ethanol: The benefits of shifting from gasoline and the current generation Read More >

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Bayh-Dole Can Bring Money for Research and Education

There is a movement out there among scientists who would like to see patents lifted, and have everything freely available. Let’s think about that for a minute. Would that really be a good idea? There is an article in the February 2 edition of the University of California at Los Angeles Daily Bruin, titled, “Inventions provide money, jobs for UC.” Excellent point — if there is intellectual property, there must be money involved and it Read More >

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The World’s Embrace of Biotechnology

On the eve Valentines Day 2009, it’s appropriate to examine the world’s budding romance with biotechnology.  Ag biotech helps farmers grow heartier, healthier crops in a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly manner.  Is it any wonder that we’re seeing the world embrace this science for the promises it holds? The anxiously awaited ISAAA report for 2008 was released this week and its findings show another year of strong growth for agricultural biotechnology around the world.  In Read More >

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