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A Rush to Grow Corn and Soy Is Overtaking America’s Grasslands

The biofuels industry’s thirst for corn and soy ethanol is driving a rush to convert Midwest grasslands to croplands. But how much is too much?

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Untangling Our Food and Fuel Systems

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EPA mandates for cellulosic biofuel blends cannot be met as production is literally non-existent. How the EPA manages the mandates for 2013 may have a direct effect on food prices at the grocery store in the near future.

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DuPont’s New Cellulosic Biorefinery

"Shredded Corn Stover" by [Margaret Broeren]

DuPont breaks ground on a new cellulosic biorefinery that will use discarded corn stover waste to create 30 million gallons of biofuel a year. It’s a model they hope will spread around the world.

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Cellulosic biofuel finally hits the big leagues

KiOR plant in Columbus, MO

KiOR opens the world’s largest cellulosic biofuels plant with the capacity to produce up to 40,000 gallons of gasoline and diesel a day from agricultural byproducts.

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Ethanol 15 hits the road

Source: Energy Dump

Just this month, a gas station in Lawrence, Kansas became the first in the nation to offer e15. E15, or Ethanol 15, is a blend of 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline. It’s meant to be an alternative that would eventually replace the e10, or 10% ethanol blend, that has become ubiquitous across the United States.

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The Future of Biofuel

The future of biofuels remains uncertain. While many hail the advent of advanced biofuels or second-generation biofuels, the reality is that many of the newer forms of biofuel have yet to be proven viable outside of the laboratory.

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Currently 50 million households suffer from food insecurity, meaning that family members cannot always meet their basic food needs.

10 million people a year could be fed through the recovery of just one-fifth of food waste.

Only 2% of food waste is composted or otherwise recycled—62% of paper is recycled.

Consumers throw out about 40% of the fresh and frozen fish they buy.

The U.S. produced 208 pounds of meat per person in 2009—60% more than Europe.

Low income commuters spend a much higher proportion of their wages on gas—8.6% versus 2.1% at $4 per gallon.

Food prices rose 35-40 percentage points between 2002–2008.

Americans consume 25% of the world’s produced oil, but our nation holds less than 3% of the world’s proven oil reserves.

The International Energy Agency says greenhouse gas emissions rose 3.2% last year, with a 9.3% increase in China offsetting declines in the US and EU.


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