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Food Prices Continue to Rise

February 3rd, 2011 · No Comments · Diet & Nutrition, Human Ecology

Newly released data by FAO show that food prices continued to rise, up 3.4% from the last month of 2010. This is yet another record high. Here is a plot based on the FAO data (click to enlarge): An article in today’s New York Times attributes much of the rise in price to uncertainty over […]

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Biofuels and Water Use

October 5th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Biofuels, Diet & Nutrition

An opinion piece in the IHT this morning raises the important point that stepped up biofuel production may tax already strained world fresh water supplies.  Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, chairman and former chief executive of Nestlé, suggests that if world biofuel production targets are met, water withdrawals for agriculture can increase by as much as one-third.  Brabeck-Letmathe writes, Seventy percent of all […]

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34% of US Corn Harvest To Be Used for Ethanol

September 15th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Biofuels, Diet & Nutrition, Human Ecology

Despite the flooding in Iowa earlier this summer, the US is set to harvest its second largest corn crop ever.  Good news for the price of food for hungry people?  Not really, the USDA expects that 34% of the total corn crop will be used to make ethanol for biofuel. They project a price of […]

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The Title Says it All

September 14th, 2008 · No Comments · Biofuels

Anaerobic digestion of livestock manure – an attractive option for renewable power.  What could be more attractive?  Really?    

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Biofuels Place Price Pressure on Food

July 4th, 2008 · No Comments · Biofuels, Diet & Nutrition, Human Ecology

A recent story in The Guardian reports on an unpublished World Bank study that suggests the conversion of food crops to biofuels, and the resulting economic pressures entailed in this process, is responsible for most of the steep price increases in food this year.  The World Bank report has not been published, though it was […]

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