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Relax biofuel laws to help ease the food crisis, World Bank says

The World Bank has called for the relaxation of laws requiring crops to be blended into petrol, saying that they are contributing to the global food price crisis. Robert Zoellick, the President of the Bank, said that a “toxic brew”

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Poplar Trees Possible Candidate for Biofuels

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s BioEnergy Science Center may have discovered some clues that could lead to poplar trees as the next candidate for biofuels. The research is being led by Charles Wyman of the Bourns College of Engineering’s

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U.S. Soybean farmers windfall as biofuel demand increases

An updated, independent study funded by the United Soybean Board (USB) and soybean checkoff shows production of biodiesel continues to positively impact U.S. soybean farmers’ on-farm profitability as well as the bottom lines of poultry and livestock farmers. According to

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Palm oil prices following crude oil’s upward trend as Middle East Unrest continues

Palm oil climbed the most in a month as soybeans and crude oil advanced on speculation that the turmoil that has cut Libya’s crude production may disrupt more Middle East supplies. The May-delivery contract rose 2.1 percent to 3,546 ringgit ($1,169)

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Brewery bi-products ‘could be harnessed to create fuel’

Scientists are hopeful that they can use the microbial properties of brewery waste to aid the liquid biofuel production process. Researchers at Cornell University studied the waste bi-product across a number of Budweiser beer breweries in the US and believe

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Crude Palm Oil For Biofuel Ends Up In Frying Pan

Crude palm oil (CPO) reserved for biofuel will end up in frying pans as Thailand, the world’s third largest palm oil producer, addresses domestic palm oil shortage. Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban said 5,000 tonnes CPO stock reserved for biofuel

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Corn Jumps to 31-Month High as Oil Climbs, Boosting Biofuel

Corn advanced to the highest level since July 2008 and soybeans gained on speculation a crude oil rally may increase demand for alternative fuel. Wheat increased. May-delivery corn jumped as much as 3.3 percent to $7.4425 a bushel, the highest

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Farmers finding gamble on biofuel crop paying off

Van Shaver had never considered a career in farming until switchgrass came along. One of the first 16 farmers to plant switchgrass under contract with Genera Energy in 2008 as part of a state-funded bioenergy initiative, the home maintenance contractor

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Australia floods mean shortages of Ethanol and higher fuel prices

Motorists should brace for shortages of ethanol and higher prices for the fuel at the bowser brought on by the Queensland floods, the competition regulator has warned. The floods which have devastated parts of Queensland and shut a key ethanol

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UK wheat prices up 90% thanks to drought and biofuel demand

UK wheat prices hit an all-time high, meaning the cost of the UK loaf it set to rocket. Industry executives and traders have told wholesale consumers to expect wheat price increases over the next two to three weeks, following a

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