Tag Archives: biofuel

Food security and biofuels

Biofuels are renewable because they’re made from plants or animals, which grow. But sometimes biofuels are produced in ways that are not sustainable. Hungry people sometimes pay the cost. Can food security and biofuels go hand in hand? Today Léna … Continue reading

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Green Rush to carve up Africa

‘There is a gold rush happening in Ethiopia, but it’s not a hunt for the yellow metal. It’s a quest for the green gold of fertile farmland.’ So says Richard Schiffman at Farmland Grab. ‘A nation more associated with periodic … Continue reading

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More corn grown in U.S. this year than ever before. Thanks, biofuels.

argylesock says… We can hope for more ‘advanced biofuels’ but just now, biofuels in the USA are mostly from corn (maize, Zea mays).

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Developing advanced biofuels

In the United States, the Agriculture Secretary is Tom Vilsack. He’s offering money to develop commercial-scale biorefineries or retrofit existing facilities with appropriate technology to develop advanced biofuels. ‘Advanced biofuels’ means that these fuels are to come from non-food sources. … Continue reading

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It’s agricultural, but is it art?

Jeremy Cherfas at Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog shows us two art projects about grains. I love the one about high fructose corn syrup. The one about printed landscapes is harder to understand, but as Jeremy says, art is supposed to make … Continue reading

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Existing cropland could feed four billion more by dropping biofuels and animal feed

Emily Cassidy at the University of Minnesota says that four billion more people could eat if existing croplands were used in better ways. ‘We already produce enough calories to feed a few billion more people. As our planet gets more … Continue reading

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Where are we going with biofuels?

The word ‘sustainable’ can ring hollow. Like ‘the environment’ and ‘the people’, ‘sustainable’ is an easy thing to say without meaning much. One of my most loyal blog followers, eqfe, has commented a few times about my ‘sustainable’ tag here. … Continue reading

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Livestock Sector Development in China

Originally posted on SUSTAINABLE FARMING FOR FOOD AND HEALTH:
China, being the largest country with human population has developed its livestock sector efficiency manifolds in last 2 decades. China transformed its production system from a rural based subsistence system to…

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When it comes to food, technology won’t save us

argylesock says… Food security isn’t all about GM (genetic modification, GE) and other kinds of biotech. But those can help.

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Tree of the month: Willow

This photograph of willow leaves, provided to the Centre for Biosciences Imagebank by Prof Paul F. Brain at the University of Wales, Swansea, illustrates an instalment in my Tree of the Month series. I base this series (‘ogham’ tag) loosely … Continue reading

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