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Biofuels

Global Heating: Why We Must Shift to Carbon-Free Fuel (Part I)

Peter Hoffmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Peter Hoffmann

We must stop putting carbon into the air in the first place -- not take it out afterwards -- and we must start moving towards a carbon-free chemical fuel -- hydrogen -- now to begin veering away from catastrophe.

"Food vs. Fuel," A False Debate

Josh Tickell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Josh Tickell

Much of the "Food vs. Fuel" controversy centers on ethanol. Very little ink is given to the other biofuels, especially fuels from non-food sources from new crops like algae.

Good Grief, Gordon Brown!

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frances Moore Lappe

By scolding Britons to "cut [their] food waste," Prime Minister Gordon Brown reinforces the dangerous myth that a shortage of food is the reason food prices have jumped.

End of the Line for Biofuels?

Jeremy Jacquot | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeremy Jacquot

Rightly blamed for everything from rising food and commodity prices to water degradation and soil erosion, biofuels have seen their cachet plummet in recent months.

Who Ate My Tortillas? -- The Truth About Food vs. Fuel

Josh Tickell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Josh Tickell

Corn may be environmentally detrimental, but it is difficult to pin the systemic problems in our international markets solely on biofuels.

Biofuels: Good or Bad?

Vinod Khosla | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Vinod Khosla

Discussing biofuels is like discussing drugs: society recognizes the difference between aspirin and cocaine and we should also be cognizant of differences in biofuels.

Craig Venter Wants To Brew Fuel From CO2

Treehugger.com | Jeremy Elton Jacquot | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

This week's issue of Newsweek features an interview with Craig Venter, the "bad boy" of science whose work developing new bacterial strains capable of...

Destroying African Agriculture

Walden Bello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Walden Bello

African agriculture is a case study of how doctrinaire economics serving corporate interests can destroy a whole continent's productive base.

U.N. Food Summit Ends Without Plan

The New York Times | ANDREW MARTIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

A three-day United Nations conference on spiraling food costs concluded late on Thursday with the delegates calling on countries and financial institu...

BioFuel Backlash: Mexico's Poor Riot Over Tortilla Shortage

National Geographic News | Lorne Matalon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Tortilla maker Leticia Balino gathers a pile of the flatbreads in her shop in México City on January 10, 2007. The skyrocketing cost of corn--and th...

The U.S. Farm Bill & the Global Food Crisis

Terra Lawson-Remer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Terra Lawson-Remer

U.S. food "aid" is more a vehicle to dump excess U.S. production than a benefit for hungry populations.

New Trend In Biofuels Brings New Risks

New York Times | ELISABETH ROSENTHAL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

In the past year, as the diversion of food crops like corn and palm to make biofuels has helped to drive up food prices, investors and politicians hav...

Ethanol Production Forging Costly Link Between Food And Oil

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Ethanol was once touted (and still is by some) as an effective way to slow global climate change, but that effectiveness is increasingly being questio...

Poor Countries Blame Western Biofuels For High Food Prices

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Western countries are feeling political and moral heat from poor countries over their use of biofuels. The New York Times reports: The idea of turn...

Is Vinegar The Secret Ingredient For Biofuels?

CNET News | Michael Kanellos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

To make ethanol, you want to make vinegar first, according to ZeaChem. The biofuel start-up, which has moved from Colorado to Silicon Valley, says it...

Biofuels Deemed A Greenhouse Threat

New York Post | ELISABETH ROSENTHAL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Almost all biofuels used today cause more greenhouse gas emissions than conventional fuels if the full emissions costs of producing these "green" fuel...