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|3/10/2012 - New guidelines recently put forth by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for automobile fuel could spell disaster for your car's engine. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) reports that the EPA is set to approve E15 automobile fuel, or fuel that contains up to 15 percent ethanol, which...|
|3/2/2012 - If you have been drinking diet soda and chewing gum, chances are you have been enjoying aspartame in generous quantities. Aspartame is a popular sugar substitute that can be found in diet soda drinks, chewing gum, fruit spreads and sugar-free products to name a few. It is also known by the brand names,...|
|8/19/2011 - The world has a food shortage. This isn't speculative or subjective, and it's not fear-mongering or alarmist. It's a well-documented fact and, what's more, the real experts - those who aren't influenced by government or corporate interests - have been trying to make that case for months.
|5/19/2011 - For a White House that cheerleads about its commitment to renewable clean energy, President Obama has remained committed to the suicide policy set forth during George W. Bush's administration of burning our food for fuel.
Say what you will about "green" alternatives to fossil fuels - there are some...|
|10/28/2010 - Ethanol, billed by Congress as a "green fuel," may be responsible for the second-largest dead zone in the world.
The foremost cause of aquatic dead zones is fertilizer runoff from agricultural operations, which leads to an explosion of algal growth. Eventually this algae dies, decaying on a scale...|
|6/26/2010 - New research from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) shows that corn-based ethanol biofuel is wasteful, inefficient, and a misuse of taxpayer money. This flies in the face of conventional wisdom in Washington (which we all know means "fat wallet wisdom") but agrees with the research you've already...|
|12/27/2009 - A recent study conducted by researchers at Stanford University has revealed that ethanol fuel produces more ozone that regular gasoline. When ethanol is burned through combustion, it produces emissions that are substantially higher than gasoline in aldehydes, the carcinogenic precursors to ozone.
|11/7/2009 - Byproducts from the production of corn for ethanol biofuels have been found to be contaminated with antibiotics.
"Ethanol's drug problem is just the latest of many reasons to impose a moratorium on production of fuels from grains," wrote Stan Cox for the Land Institute's Prairie Writers Circle. "If...|
|10/7/2009 - Emerging research is suggesting that in addition to boosting food prices, ethanol production may have another unintended consequence: higher E. coli infection rates in cattle.
In light of growing concern over global warming, ethanol -- produced from corn -- has been touted as a potentially carbon...|
|3/26/2009 - Red wine is turning out to be a superfood. Although many health conscious people have opted to get isolated grape compounds in capsule form, recent research is showing that the best way is to drink red wine. That's because red wine contains the entire grape polyphenol group of nutrients, a group that...|
|2/2/2009 - Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has a lofty goal. By 2030 he wants his country of Brazil to be the world`s largest biofuel supplier. Brazil wants to supply the world with cheap ethanol from their sugarcane. Many consider ethanol to be the answer to global warming. Unfortunately, there...|
|10/21/2008 - A company called E-Fuel Corp. has developed a device to allow consumers to distill their own ethanol at home, and claims that the device will let its customers fuel their automobiles for only $1 per gallon.
The EFuel100 MicroFueler, which is about six feet high, six feet deep and 3.5 feet wide, is...|
|8/3/2008 - General Motors (GM) has invested in a startup company dedicated to the production of ethanol from waste products, chief executive officer (CEO) Rick Wagoner announced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Wagoner said that GM has purchased an equity stake in Coskata, a company...|
|3/21/2008 - We are about to witness and experience the greatest sustained rise in grain prices seen in the last 30 years. This rise will include wheat, rice, and maize; these three comprising over 90% of all grains cultivated on the planet. Let's do some digging to figure out what is causing this sharp increase.
|2/5/2008 - On September 23rd, 2007 a 20 year old Cold Spring, MN woman named Stephanie Smith ate E. coli contaminated ground beef. Five days later, with severe intestinal cramping she was admitted to a local hospital. Today she is in a drug-induced coma at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.
While ethanol production...|
|8/15/2007 - Spurred by an explosion in the market for ethanol and the concurrent spike in corn prices, U.S. farmers are planting corn over the largest area since 1944, according to a survey conducted by the Department of Agriculture.
Based on the survey of 86,000 farmers, the department projected the planting...|
|5/22/2007 - President Bush joined with representatives of Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corp. and DaimlerChrysler earlier this year to highlight "flex-fuel" vehicles that are capable of running on either conventional gasoline or high-ethanol blends. The "Big Three" automakers have pledged to double the number...|
|3/28/2007 - Scientists and several companies are currently experimenting with using termites to convert wood, corn stalks and other plant waste into ethanol in an effective and economic way. The hope is that through the study of a termite's unique digestive processes and selected microbes, pollution-free energy...|
|1/19/2007 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced last week that the price of corn was at a 10-year high, after crop-damaging droughts left worldwide supplies short as ethanol fuel and livestock feed demands increased.
Corn prices have gone up 86 percent in the last year alone, leaving the world's...|
|10/23/2006 - Tests and an investigation by Consumer Reports conclude that E85 ethanol will cost consumers more money than gasoline and that there are concerns about whether the government's support of flexible fuel vehicles is really helping the U.S. achieve energy independence.
Findings from CR's special report...|
|10/16/2006 - A tree that can reach 90 feet in six years and be grown as a row crop on fallow farmland could represent a major replacement for fossil fuels.
Purdue University researchers are using genetic tools in an effort to design trees...|
|10/4/2006 - The words are becoming familiar, even if the products aren't: biofuel, biobased, biodiesel, bioethanol.
All refer to fuel that's made from bio-produced materials such as plants. Chengci Chen (pronounced Chen-see Chen), an assistant professor of cropping systems at the Central Agricultural Research...|
|9/12/2006 - The first comprehensive analysis of the full life cycles of soybean biodiesel and corn grain ethanol shows that biodiesel has much less of an impact on the environment and a much higher net energy benefit than corn ethanol, but that neither can do much to meet U.S. energy demand.
The study will...|
|9/11/2006 - Biofuels are just one renewable energy source being considered as the price of fossil fuels continues to soar, but a group of scientists has taken the idea one step further by developing genetically engineered crops for use as biofuels.
The idea has been adopted by many big names in the chemical...|
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