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Chemurgy Is Back with a Vengeance

The Economist recently published two stories that succinctly make the case for continuing to reduce our reliance on oil. The more recent story outlines the use of industrial biotechnology for plastics, and another earlier story details research and development of biotech fuels that go beyond ethanol. In “Better Living Through Chemurgy,” reporter Vijay Vaitheeswaran compares today’s industrial biotechnology companies with the chemurgy movement of Henry Ford, who sought to make cars and fuels from agricultural Read More >

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More Biofuels Bashing

Exactly a month ago, Roll Call newspaper revealed that the Grocery Manufacturers Association had launched a PR campaign to roll back U.S. biofuel policy. GMA is once again on the offensive, releasing an industry-funded study that blames biofuels for higher food prices, ignoring the rapid increase in the price of oil that is driving up the costs of agricultural production and increasing demand for alternatives. Kraft Foods sponsored the recent study by Keith Collins, Ph.D., Read More >

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Fuel and the Future: The Future is Not Perfect, But It's Pretty Close

Just this month IEA Bioenergy, released a report called, “Status and outlook for biofuels, other alternative fuels and new vehicles. The report presents an outlook for alternative fuels and motor vehicles. The time period covered extends up to 2030. For anyone who has paid the slightest bit of attention to the news recently, you know that fuel, particularly as it pertains to transportation is becoming more and more critical. And for each of us who Read More >

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Themes From Leadership Summit on Biofuels and Cleantech

Among several key themes emerging from yesterdays’s Leadership Summit on Biofuels and Cleantech at the 2008 BIO International Convention, two stood above the rest: 1) crop yield will continue to increase and will be able to satisfy both food and bioenergy needs; and 2) moving from laboratory-based early-stage products to commercial products will be the next stage of biofuel development. Richard Hamilton, president of Ceres, presented a dynamic case for biotechnology advances sustaining a long-term Read More >

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Weather, Not Biofuels Contributes to Food Crisis

Could it be, that weather, not biofuels, are responsible for the increase in corn prices?  That is what Tim of Environmental Economics suggests.   Citing rains and floods, as being responsible for leaving 4 million acres unplanted (according to the AP),  Tim quotes the AP, “That would likely lift corn prices further, forcing consumers to pay higher grocery bills for meat and pork, as livestock producers would be forced to pass on higher animal feed costs Read More >

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