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Global Cooperation Forum: Towards a Common Preflight Checklist for the Biofuture Takeoff

(Biofuture Platform)  Relevant stakeholders gather within ABLC Global 2018 to discuss a “minimum checklist” of actions to create the right environment for the global takeoff of the low carbon bioeconomy.  —  The

November 9, 2018 Read Full Article

The Biofuture We Need: A Brief Video Introduction

(Biofuture Platform)  This short documentary film, prepared in partnership with BluOrange, presents an introduction to the main goals of the Biofuture Platform and the overall context behind them  —  We are very

November 9, 2018 Read Full Article

How the Global Heatwave Is Harming Agriculture Today and Creating Problems for the Bio-Economy Tomorrow.

by Tom Joslin (Bio-Based World News)  … Few of you will have escaped the heatwave that seems to have enveloped most of the northern hemisphere. Soaring temperatures exceeding 46°C have been recorded

August 10, 2018 Read Full Article

FAO Offers CSA Sourcebook to Guide Policy Makers, Program Managers

(North American Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance)  A digitized sourcebook that offers a wide range of knowledge and expertise on the concept of Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) is among a series of products put

August 1, 2018 Read Full Article

A Bio-Based, Reuse Economy Can Feed the World and Save the Planet – UN Agency

(UN News)  Transforming pineapple skins into product packaging or using potato peels for fuel may sound far-fetched, but such innovations are gaining traction as it becomes clear that an economy based on

May 28, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the 10-Year OECD-FAO Outlook for Ag, Biofuels

The latest joint OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook spawned this fascinating 10 year outlook of global biofuel markets and agricultural feedstocks. This model based projection, validated through global expert consensus, includes major food commodities

February 5, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Gerard Ostheimer and Doug Faulkner co-authored a Biofuels Digest article with some ideas that show the benefits bioenergy could bring to Africa: “Africans should strive for sustainable fuels from native

October 23, 2017 Read Full Article

Growing the African Biofuel Sector: What’s Not to Like?

by Gerard Ostheimer and Doug Faulkner (Biofuels Digest)  …  (I)n Sub-Saharan Africa a thriving indigenous bioenergy industry can play a positive and productive role in modernizing economies and improving the

October 23, 2017 Read Full Article

Interview — Growing Food or Fuel on Our Land?

(European Environment Agency)  Only a decade ago, biofuel production from plants was hailed as an ecological alternative to fossil fuels. Recently, it has come to be seen as competing with

August 31, 2017 Read Full Article

EU’s Biofuels U-Turn Is Final Nail in Coffin of Irish Sugar

by Dick Roche (Irish Examiner)  When it was enacted in 2009, the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive was seen as a progressive step towards meeting Europe’s climate change targets ….  —

August 7, 2017 Read Full Article

Biofuel Potential in Southeast Asia: Raising Food Yields, Reducing Food Waste and Utilising Residues

(International Renewable Energy Agency) Southeast Asia has considerable resources to produce liquid biofuels sustainably, using biomass feedstocks that would not cause carbon-dioxide emissions or interfere with food supply. Fulfilling the region’s

July 25, 2017 Read Full Article

FAO Official: Food-Based Biofuels Not Necessarily Bad

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EURACTIV)  Brazil demonstrates that sugar cane cultivation can supply both food and ethanol for fuel without harming the environment or pushing up food prices, a senior official

June 12, 2017 Read Full Article

Five Things You Need to Know about the ‘Food vs Fuel’ Debate

by Emmanuel Desplechin (Politico/ePURE)  The European Commission wants to phase out the use of crop-based biofuels in Europe, even though biofuels like renewable ethanol are currently the main driver of

March 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Technology Roadmap: How2Guide for Bioenergy

(International Energy Agency)  Bioenergy is the largest source of renewable energy today, providing heat and electricity, as well as transport fuels. Yet, more so than for other low‑carbon energy technologies,

February 17, 2017 Read Full Article

Bio-Based Economy and Climate Change: New Report on Important Links, Pitfalls and Opportunities

(Bio-Based News)  There is a clear link between bio-based economy and sustainability as well as green economy. This is not surprising as the use of biomass induces a sustainable use

February 6, 2017 Read Full Article

New UN Report Shows Food vs Fuel Fallacy

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  A new report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) finds that food prices declined for the fifth year in a row in 2016,

January 17, 2017 Read Full Article

Commission ‘Dangerously’ Out of Touch with Reality on Biofuels

by Dick Roche (EurActiv/Pannonia Ethanol)   A response delivered by Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete in the European Parliament last week demonstrates just how dangerously out of touch with reality the executive

December 14, 2016 Read Full Article

World Biodiesel Production/Consumption to Rise 14% by 2020: OECD/FAO

by Chrysa Glystra  and Sean Bartlett (Platts)  Global biodiesel production and consumption is forecast to rise by 14% from 2016 to 2020, driven by the fulfillment of current biofuel policies in the

July 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Global Food Prices Set to Stagnate as Population Growth Slowing

by Manisha Jha and Isis Almeida (Bloomberg)  World population growth to slow to 1% a year over next decade; Food demand growth expected to slow progressively: OECD-FAO  —  Food prices will stagnate over

July 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Reconciling Food Security and Bioenergy: Priorities for Action

by Keith L. Kline, Siwa Msangi, Virginia H. Dale, Jeremy Woods, Glaucia M. Souza, Patricia Osseweijer, Joy S. Clancy, Jorge A. Hilbert, Francis X. Johnson, Patrick C. McDonnell, Harriet K. Mugera (Global Change Biology: Bioenergy) …  Understanding the nexus of food security,

June 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Fuel vs. Food? A New Study from a UVA Environmental Scientist and Colleagues Shows about a Third of the World’s Malnourished Population Could Be Fed by Using Resources Now Used for Biofuel Production.

by Fariss Samarrai (University of Virginia)  As strategies for energy security, investment opportunities and energy policies prompt ever-growing production and consumption of biofuels like bioethanol and biodiesel, land and water

March 8, 2016 Read Full Article

The 7 Flying Reindeer: Renewable Fuel Myths that Continue to Defy Gravity

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Food vs Fuel, biofuels causing corn planting to skyrocket, low oil prices killing off renewable fuels, the subsidy myth, the emissions myth, the “people won’t

December 23, 2015 Read Full Article

UN Flags Biofuels Slowdown, as Food Prices Renew Decline

(Agrimoney.com)  The United Nations highlighted a cooling in the competition by biofuels plants for crops as it revealed a return by food prices into decline, as cereals and meat values

December 3, 2015 Read Full Article

Big Oil’s Not So Smart Campaign

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  … If Big Oil truly believed its product (oil) was better than ethanol, why not launch a campaign on the greatness that is oil. Perhaps Big Oil could

October 28, 2015 Read Full Article

FAO and France Urge Including Agriculture in Global Climate Change Debate

(Food and Agriculture Organization/Ag Professional)   All countries should strive to ensure an ambitious agreement to tackle climate change, putting food security and agriculture at the centre of debates on the

October 17, 2015 Read Full Article

UN Data Suggests Ethanol Production Does Not Increase Food Prices

(Biofuels International)  The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO) has released data showing that global food prices have experienced the steepest monthly drop since 2008. According to the

September 14, 2015 Read Full Article

UN Data Shows That Ethanol is Not Causing Food Price Rises

(Global Renewable Fuels Alliance)  The UN FAO has released data showing that global food prices have experience the steepest monthly drop since 2008, casting doubt upon concerns about the impact

September 14, 2015 Read Full Article

Commentary on the Recent Development of Price Indices for Oilseeds and Meals

(Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations)  In July, the FAO price indices for oilseeds and meals rose by 3–4 percent compared to the previous month, gaining, respectively, 4

August 11, 2015 Read Full Article

Ethiopia: The Biofuel Myth

by Jose Graziano DA Silva (UN Food and Agriculture Organization/AllAfrica.com)  Over the past several years, biofuels have become a bone of contention. For some, a renewable energy source produced from

July 16, 2015 Read Full Article

Food in the Age of Biofuels

by Jose Graziano da Silva (United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization/Project Syndicate) … But this is a false dichotomy. The choice cannot be between food and fuel. We can make good use of both.

July 3, 2015 Read Full Article

Livestock Feed to Overtake Biofuel in Grain Demand Growth – FAO/OECD

(CNBC/Reuters)  Livestock feed will surpass biofuels as the main source of growth in global grain consumption in the next 10 years as emerging countries consume more animal protein while lower

July 1, 2015 Read Full Article

UN Sustainable Energy for All Announces Global Bioenergy Initiative

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  UN FAO, Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Carbon War Room, KLM, Novozymes and the UN Foundation partner to scale up the development and

May 20, 2015 Read Full Article

End the Food vs Fuel Debate

by Bliss Baker (Global Renewable Fuels Association) The recent drop in oil prices and global food price index should finally put an end to the food vs. food debate, writes Bliss

May 14, 2015 Read Full Article

Food vs. Food and Fuel

By Hilary Landfried (Project Gaia)  … We rarely think of it here in the West, hooked up to electric and gas grids as we are, but nearly half of the world’s population

March 13, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Biofuels: Good News and False Solutions

by Elmar Baumann (Association of German Biofuels Producers (VDB)/Euractiv)   While the discussion hots up, there is good news for all those in favour of biodiesel and bioethanol as more scientific work

February 20, 2015 Read Full Article

Report Based on False Assumption of Either-Or Land Use Approach

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  In the World Resources Institute (WRI) working paper, “Avoiding Bioenergy Competition for Food Crops and Land,” the authors work off the assumption that land-use decisions

February 8, 2015 Read Full Article

World Resources Institute Wrong About Biofuels Impact on Land Use and the Environment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Today (January 30, 2015), the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) criticized a new report by World Resources Institute (WRI) for its false data on the environmental and

February 6, 2015 Read Full Article

UN’s Pro Biofuels Stance an ‘Important Milestone’ for Agriculture

by Olivia Midgley (Farmers Guardian)  Sustainable biofuel production can offer additional incomes for farmers as well as helping to achieve energy security, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)

February 6, 2015 Read Full Article

UN Flags Vulnerability of Ag Prices to Oil Market Weakness

(AgriMoney.com)  The United Nations highlighted the vulnerability of agricultural commodity values to the weakness in crude oil markets as it revealed a drop in food prices to a four-year low,

January 9, 2015 Read Full Article

Biofuels Help Boost Sustainable Transport and Support Rural Development in Africa: GRFA

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Today, as the first African Sustainable Transport Forum gets under way in Nairobi, Kenya, the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) called on forum attendees to adopt biofuels

October 29, 2014 Read Full Article

Answers for Your Questions about the Bioeconomy, Biofuels, Renewable Chemicals and Bioproducts

by Jim Lane  (Biofuels Digest)  … With great sessions at conferences, delegates are usually keen to get a hold of the powerpoint decks. But how do you get a hold of

August 14, 2014 Read Full Article

OECD-FAO Outlook Report Predicts Growth in Ethanol Production

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A new agricultural outlook report published by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations

July 21, 2014 Read Full Article

World Leaders Promote Sustainable Production to Meet Global Food Challenges

(25 x ’25)  The annual Global Forum for Food and Agriculture is currently underway in Berlin and those attending are grappling with a formidable challenge: finding ways to insure food

January 17, 2014 Read Full Article

Oil Seen as Main Driver of Ethanol and Grain Prices in UN Study

by Rudy Ruitenberg  (Bloomberg)   Oil prices were found to be the main drivers of ethanol and grain prices in a statistical analysis by the United Nations’ Food & Agriculture Organization.

December 16, 2013 Read Full Article

HLPE Refuses to Release Sources of Funding for Report: GRFA

(Global Renewable Fuels Alliance)  As the Committee on World Food Security’s (CFS) annual Plenary gets underway in Rome, the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) is demanding the High Level Panel

October 30, 2013 Read Full Article

Ethanol Groups Issue Letter to UN Committee on Food Security

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Committee on World Food Security kicked off its annual meeting on Oct. 7 in Rome.

October 15, 2013 Read Full Article

Small Farmers Risk Exclusion from Biofuels Certification Schemes

(UN Food and Agriculture Organization)  The way certification schemes for biofuels are structured makes it difficult for smallholder producers and many developing countries to participate in export markets, according to

February 27, 2013 Read Full Article

RFA Condems UN Biofuels & Food Security Study

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Earlier this month, the U.N. Committee on World Food Security (CFS) has released a draft study on biofuels and food security with a public comment period until January 30, 2013.

February 2, 2013 Read Full Article

Biofuel Causing World Hunger

by Rudy Ruitenberb  (BusinessDay/iAfrica.com)  Biofuel output from agricultural commodities has contributed to surging world food prices in the past decade, says Nestle chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe. …Mr Brabeck-Letmathe described making biofuels from

January 23, 2013 Read Full Article

Setting the Example

by Robert Vierhout (ePURE/Ethanol Producer Magazine)   … Hopefully, European regulators will take note of what has happened. If they are intellectually honest, they should acknowledge that if the U.S.

January 2, 2013 Read Full Article

FAO Publishes Book on Biofuels Co-Products Use in Animal Feeds

(American Association of Swine Veterinarians)  The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization recently published a book entitled Biofuel co-products as livestock feed – Opportunities and challenges. AASV member Dr Harold Tilstra

September 27, 2012 Read Full Article

Fears of Global Food Price Crisis Recede

by Nigel Hunt and Veronica Brown (Reuters)    * USDA report paints less severe corn crop picture than feared * FAO says situation seems comfortable * Analysts still wary on prices

September 13, 2012 Read Full Article

France Seeks Biofuels Pause in Global Food Strategy

by Elizabeth Pineau and Sybille de La Hamaide  (Reuters) * France pushes for worldwide pause in biofuel growth * Biofuels push joins Hollande’s call for strategic food stockpile * France says will mobilise

September 13, 2012 Read Full Article

Ethanol Fuelling Growth

by Peter Hemphill (Weekly Times Now)  …While ethanol production has become the largest use of the corn crop, it has also developed a high protein byproduct – dried distillers grains

February 16, 2012 Read Full Article

FAO Chief Biofuel Criticism ‘Misinformed,’ Industry Lobby Says

by  Rudy Ruitenberg (Bloomberg Business Week)  Criticism of biofuels and their impact on commodity prices by the new director general of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization is “simplistic and

January 25, 2012 Read Full Article

US a Cereal Offender on Ethanol, Says UN

by Rudy Ruitenberg (Sydney Morning Herald)  The US policy to produce ethanol biofuel from corn is raising prices for the grain across the world, said Jose Graziano da Silva, the

January 23, 2012 Read Full Article

Bioenergy and Food Security Criteria and Indicators (BEFSCI) project

BEFSCI is reaching out to producers to catalogue and showcase innovative approaches that have been used in sustainable bioenergy initiatives. We want to hear stories, experiences, lessons learned about what made

May 4, 2011 Read Full Article

Don’t Fall for Jatropha Plants, Warns UN Body

by Prabha Jagannathan  (Economic Times)  In a significant implication for the country’s biofuel policy, a specialised arm of the United Nations has warned that the developing countries should not buy

July 30, 2010 Read Full Article

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