Filling up at Propel Biodiesel

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    Filling one of the company trucks on 20% biodiesel at Propel ( www.propelbiofuels.com ) in Kenmore.

    1. flickelly ages ago | reply

      WASHINGTON, April 29: The World Bank chief warned on Tuesday that 100 million people have already been pushed into poverty due to a man-made food crisis while as many as two billion are on the verge of disaster.

      “This is not a natural disaster,” said Robert B. Zoellick, president of the World Bank. “Make no mistake; there is nothing natural about this. But for millions of people it is a disaster.”

      He noted that hunger and malnutrition were already the underlying causes of death of over 3.5 million children every year, robbing the future potential of many millions more.

      In Washington, a US government commission is investigating claims that big investors who buy large quantities for future trading are largely responsible for the current unprecedented hike in food prices across the world.

      The use of corn and soyabean as bio-fuel also contributed to this crisis by moving farmers away from food to cash crops and by driving food prices beyond the reach of common people.

    2. Spencer T. ages ago | reply

      Sorry, I don't have the time to type up a response right now, and this is just the best link I could find:
      journeytoforever.org/biofuel_food.html

      Essentially, biodiesel derived from soy and canola does *not* compete with food, as the oil part of the seeds still leaves the food part to be used elsewhere; in other words, biodiesel is made from the part of the seed that would otherwise be thrown out.

    3. flickelly ages ago | reply

      Very interesting, but it still puts the world market prices up and the poor can not afford to feed there chicken, cattle, most importent they can not feed themselfs.
      Thank you for your comment,
      I just feel it it my bones, it is nasty and wrong.

    4. Spencer T. ages ago | reply

      It would be naive to say that biodiesel has no impact on food costs. But I still disagree with what you said, since I think there's a point where we need to pick our battles. Right now, the food industry is directly dependent on the price of oil. Biodiesel is obviously an alternative to petro oil, so in the long run, biodiesel could be a tool used to relieve the food industry when the price of oil goes up more (which it inevitably will).

    5. antaldaniel ages ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Creative Commons Energy, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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