Category Archives: Agriculture Issues

Is the Biodiesel Nightmare Over?

By David L. Brown Congress has allowed a $1 per gallon subsidy on biodiesel fuel to expire, causing the struggling “faux fuels” enterprise to stumble to a halt. According to The Brock Report, an agri-business consultancy, “that industry has all … Continue reading

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$100 Million Funding for Algae Biofuels Plant

By David L. Brown A $50 million federal grant has been awarded to Sapphire Energy of San Diego, CA, for a revolutionary bio-fuels plant to be built in New Mexico. The announcement was made by Energy Secretary Steven Chu, whose … Continue reading

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Rains Threaten Promise of Good Harvest

By David L. Brown We remember with a shudder the spike in food prices last year that seemed to push the world toward famine. As the U.S. is one of the few remaining exporters of food in the world, the … Continue reading

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Ug99 Poised on Afghan Border

By David L. Brown I have written several times over the past few years about the spreading threat of Ug99, a wheat stem rust disease first identified in Uganda in 1999. It is a serious threat not only to wheat, … Continue reading

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‘Green Revolution’ Pioneer Borlaug R.I.P.

By David L. Brown Norman Borlaug died yesterday in Dallas, Texas at 95. He was never a celebrity except among the environmentally conscious few, but to us he was a super star. Dr. Borlaug was credited with saving at least … Continue reading

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Biodiesel from Algae Holds Promise

By David L. Brown The challenge of finding renewable sources of energy continues to haunt humanity. The misguided ethanol program that turns corn into alcohol has backfired, driving up food prices and helping create scarcity. Biodiesel made from soybeans is … Continue reading

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Money Won’t Solve Looming Famine

By David L. Brown The steady increase in hunger continues to haunt the third world, but it seems that the press and world “leaders” have trouble figuring out what the cause of spreading famine might be. News reports now say … Continue reading

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California Vulnerable to Water Disaster

By David L. Brown As our readers know we have pointed out many problems facing the Earth and human civilization. There is always a common denominator, it seems, a thread that winds its way through all the dangers facing our … Continue reading

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The World in 2100: A Choice of Futures

By David L. Brown Despite all the hullabaloo about global warming, the resulting climate change, and the impact on humanity, I continue to be amazed at the reluctance of those who discuss the subject to face up to the fact … Continue reading

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Financial Meltdown Mirrored at North Pole

by Val Germann The world’s financial markets and “The Top of the World” are exhibiting a frightening similarity as winter ends: both are melting down.   In a few days the G-20 nations will sit down for a talk as the … Continue reading

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