As many of you know most of the gasoline available in North America today has a biofuel component of between 5 and 10 percent. Newer cars and trucks are E85 compatible, meaning they can operate with up to 85 percent ethanol blended into the gasoline -- which means there is a total growth opportunity of up to 75 percent in the North American biofuel market.
After performing a life-cycle analysis of 14 fuel sources, a team of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have determined carbon emissions from biofuels vary greatly depending on the type of land used to produce the feedstocks.
At a recent conference, CEOs of advanced biofuel companies explained they are between one and three years away from large-scale commercial development.
A new study by Friends of the Earth asserts the development of Africa's biofuel sector is leading to a "land grab" by foreign companies at the expense of local communities.
Africa is constantly looking for ways to develop its economies and increase the standard of life for its inhabitants. According to a report by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), growing biofuel feedstocks could be a powerful tool for the continent's economic development.
Mozambique's latest political corruption scandals probably make more news, but the African nation largely known for civil strife and deplorable living conditions, also faces economical dilemmas as it decides on biofuel crop production.
Biofuels vs. Food Crops