America’s farmers have it pretty tough these days. Despite being on the front lines of food production, they’re falsely vilified by the oil industry lobbyists for pushing ethanol and raising food prices.
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“Farmers and ranchers in Nebraska didn’t ask to do business with TransCanada,” says the no-nonsense voice-over, “and TransCanada isn’t asking to do business with us.” That idea – that TransCanada is pushing their Keystone XL pipeline on them using political force – is the motivation behind a group of Nebraska farmers and ranchers. “They tried […]
Hoosier Ag writer Gary Truitt writes that “this is not the first time in recent years we have seen a dramatic jump in beef prices. In 2010, ground beef increased about 50 cents per pound, and between 2009 and 2011 … the cause was the same: THE WEATHER.”
Corn as a fuel at first seemed like a great idea, but this use has affected corn for food and affected land use.
Fact or Crap is a fairly popular board game that pitches itself as an “edgy” version of Trivial Pursuit. If you like trivia and enjoy saying that something “is crap”, then, you’ll probably enjoy it … and – as regular readers have probably guessed by now – I love it! So, when I saw the […]
[social_buttons] A team of researchers at Baylor University, Texas, have figured out a way to make car parts from coconuts, opening the door to the replacement of environmentally damaging plastic with an abundant, renewable resource. The team have also created biodiesel from coconut oil, and are confident the new fuel could be an economically viable […]
Several bits of news trickled out this week that, when put together, indicate great confusion even among experts about whether or not corn ethanol government subsidies are helping or hurting. [social_buttons] To start with, researchers at Iowa State University have found that, even though $1.3 billion was given to the corn ethanol farming industry in […]
The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance (SBA) is a non-profit organization created to promote cradle-to-grave biodiesel practices for verifying that all points in the production and distribution chain are sustainable. And now they want your input on what those sustainable practices and standards should be — they’ve released the first draft of their “Principles and Baseline Practices […]
The current rate at which biofuels are falling out of favor is largely founded on biased ideologies, which have been shaped by widespread political and corporate agenda-pushing from all sides of the fence. But first, a digression. Part 1: When an egg was just an egg I remember a time when an egg was just […]
On Monday, USDA officials met with reporters to discuss just how closely biofuels (specifically corn-based ethanol) are linked to the increasing price of food. Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer, who has vehemently defended biofuels before, had this to say: One theory that has been widely discussed in recent weeks is that the nation’s growing demand for […]
If biodiesel suits any demographic best, it’s farmers. Biodiesel was designed as an emergency fuel, intended to keep farm equipment humming when military conflict cut off oil supplies. That being said, it’s taken a while for major engine manufacturers to endorse biodiesel blends higher than 20%. This month Case IH, a global leader in heavy-duty […]