300 farmers met in the WA wheatbelt the other day and the big question really, 'Can we keep on farming given the costs and forecast returns and the attitudes of the banks?'
We are back at it again aren't we. We just concentrate on growing food. Well what about this?
Global ethanol production continues to rise
An organization called the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance has released some interesting projections on ethanol. World ethanol production for 2009 is estimated at 73.9 billion litres. The Global Renewable Fuels Alliance is predicting a 16.2 per cent production increase this year for a total production of 85.9 billion litres. The United States is still the world leader in ethanol manufacturing. Last year, the U.S. produced more than 60 per cent of the world total. The alliance says biofuel production will quickly move beyond the use of only grains and oilseeds. Commercialization of cellulosic ethanol is described as imminent with dozens of companies working on these next-generation technologies. It is expected that 2010 will see the first commercial cellulose ethanol production in at least three different countries. Ethanol production isn’t always profitable and there are critics who argue its sustainability and environmental merit. However, there’s no doubt that ethanol production in the U.S. and in countries around the world continues to increase. I’m Kevin Hursh.
Again we thank Kevin in Canada for this email. Thanks, Kevin from the Think Tank at Agmates.
It's hard to understand why farmers don't understand how much they would benefit from a price on carbon. Evrything farmers do sucks carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, including growing biofuels. All the propagandist who decry a price on carbon as a threat to the economy, are not talking about the farm economy but the oil/coal/aluminium economy.