Ethanol Policy and Meat Prices: Unspinning the Truth

Opponents of biofuels are doing their best to spin the results of a new study released by the Geneva-based International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD). Anti-biofuel groups like

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Blaming Biofuels Won’t Feed the Hungry

Agricultural ministers from G20 nations are set to meet this week in Paris to discuss responses to rising food prices and food insecurity.  In advance of this meeting, a coalition

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FAO and GBEP: Biofuels an Opportunity—Not a Threat—for Developing Nations

Since its very inception, the global biofuels industry has unfairly been portrayed by some ardent detractors as a sector that creates an unavoidable “food vs. fuel” choice. Luddites and Malthusians

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Talking Turkey on Ethanol, Distillers Grains

On May 10, the RFA released an extensive analysis of the U.S. ethanol industry’s production of distillers grains, corn gluten feed, and corn gluten meal – the livestock feed co-products

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RFA Analysis of USDA WASDE Report

PLEASE NOTE THE FOOTNOTE AT THE END OF THE ANALYSIS This morning’s April World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report likely will ease some of the tension in the

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Understanding the 2011 Planting Outlook, Ethanol and Food Pricing

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its annual Prospective Plantings report this morning, showing U.S. farmers intend to plant 92.2 million acres of corn, 76.6 million acres of soybeans

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Who Gets Your Food Dollar?

Oil prices are soaring, routinely closing well in excess of $100 per barrel.  Prices for gasoline and diesel fuel continue to rise in concert with traditional spikes due to the

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A Small Slice from an Extra Large (And Getting Larger) Pizza

We knew it was coming. The minute grain futures started their speculation-fueled increase last summer, we knew it was just a matter of time before the pundits would start blaming

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Ethanol Fact Vacuum

When it comes to criticizing American ethanol producers, it seems that facts are far too readily replaced with rhetorical flourishes that are based solely on personal opinion.  The latest salvo

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What USDA WASDE Report Really Means for Ethanol, Corn

The February USDA World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimate (WASDE) report is out and as expected, it includes some revisions in grain use numbers. For U.S. corn supplies, USDA lowered

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