Daily Archives: February 11, 2012

U.S. Beef and Pork Exports Grew in 2011

USDA – Pork supplies are not expected to change dramatically in the first half of 2012 but market hog numbers in the fourth quarter are expected to incrementally increase again, writes Shana Ellis, Extension Livestock Economics at Iowa State University.

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UN launches initiative ‘sustainable energy for everybody

Biomass&Bioenergy – The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, launched an initiative to designate 2012 as the International Year Renewable Sustainable Energy for everybody, with goals to achieve it till 2030.
During the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Ban called governments, private sector and civil society to actively supporting the idea. “This is the moment for this initiative,” he said.
The plan has three objectives: ensuring universal access to modern energy services, double the rate of implementation of the fuel efficiency, double the proportion of renewable energy in global energy matrix.
The Secretary-General of UN has appointed a “high level group of [representatives] of business, finance, government and civil society to lead the initiative.”
“It is neither fair nor sustainable that one in every five people still do not has access to modern electricity,” Ban told the conference.
“It is unacceptable that three billion people still need to timber, coal, charcoal or animal waste for cooking and heating,” he said.

Source: Biomass&Bioenergy, January 17th, 2012.
Translated by Gilberto Silber Schmidt
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Biofuels must not affect food production

Biomass & Bioenergy – José Graziano da Silva, the Director of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said that the United Nations (UN) has yet to study the situation of countries interested in producing biofuels. According to him, the production must not affect the nation’s food security.

The cultivation of biofuels is a controversial topic since its production may cause loss of cultivatable lands and decrease food production. Graziano pointed in an interview to UN Radio, a study by the Economic Commission for the region, CEPAL, made in Latin America, about the impact of ethanol production.

“We need, case by case, to see that countries may or may not produce biofuels without affecting food security, because its must all times take priority. In the Latin American case, we made a detailed study and concluded that only four countries in the region may expand biofuels production without risking food security. They are: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Paraguay, is also a major grain producer. ”

José Graziano explained that not every biofuels are harmful. The produced by sugarcane, made in Brazil, is sustainable. However, the corn-based biofuels, and produced widely in the U.S. is the most worries to FAO.
“There are biofuels that impact on food security and biofuels that, in addition to not impact on food security, can generate new sources of income for farmers in developing countries.”

With the ending of subsidies for U.S. producers, the Director hopes that the production of biofuels harmful to the environment, to decrease in the coming years.

Source: Biomass & Bioenergy. January 9th, 2012
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Translated by Gilberto Silber Schmidt
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