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FAO expert panel calls for abolition of biofuel support to reduce food price volatility

The High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition of the FAO’s Committee on World Food Security reports in detail on reasons for increased food price volatility. They suggest three linked problems: underlying agricultural price volatility, low agricultural investment and the start of a new era of relative food scarcity.

Find it In: Indirect land use change (ILUC), Fuels

Crying wolf over fuel efficiency standards

John German in The Hill's Congress Blog.

Find it In: Electric Vehicles, Fuel economy, Passenger Vehicles

Comparing fuel economy cost estimates for 2020–2025

Comparing the cost of fuel consumption and CO2 reductions from the Boston Consulting Group report "Powering Autos to 2020" against the 2010 US EPA and US DOT Technical Assessment Report and the 2011 Center for Automotive Research (CAR) report.

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Chris Knittel of MIT looks at the cost effectiveness of ethanol subsidies

Knittel argues that ethanol subsidies (for him the term includes performance based policies like RFS and LCFS) exist to support farmer wealth, reduce dependence on foreign oil and reduce GHG emissions.

Find it In: GHG emissions, Indirect land use change (ILUC), Fuels

Benefits of cellulosic ethanol feedstocks: Davis et al in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

Using the DAYCENT model and assuming a regime of careful land use planning, Davis et al argue that replacing corn in the US with cellulosic biofuel feedstocks (switchgrass, miscanthus) could reduce nitrogen leeching and greenhouse gas emissions while improving ethanol yields and maintaining the non-biofuel-use grain supply.

Find it In: Biofuels, Indirect land use change (ILUC), Fuels

More from Reuters on the EU iLUC debate

Commentary on the direction of EU negotiations on addressing iLUC – Reuters predict that existing biodiesel investments will be protected, but that with ethanol and advanced biofuels looking better than biodiesel in the latest work new investments will be pushed in those directions.

Find it In: Indirect land use change (ILUC)