Why Minnesotans Should Not Subsidize the Burning of Poultry Manure

Why Minnesotans Should Not Subsidize the Burning of Poultry Manure Testimony by David Morris Against Minnesota House Bill No. 2757 Before the House Regulated Industries Subcommittee February 16, 2000 My name is David Morris. I am Vice President of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, a 26 year old non-profit research organization based in Minneapolis and Washington, … Read More

Report: Taxes, Agriculture, and Climate Change

Date: 5 Nov 1998 | posted in: agriculture, Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This Novemeber 1998 report by David Morris and John Bailey examines the impact of a proposed $1.5 billion ecological tax shift proposal on Minnesota’s agricultural sector. Overall, the net impact is beneficial for Minnesota farmers that are growing crops. On a statewide level, the carbon tax raises costs to farmers by about $59.1 million while the property tax reduction lowers costs by $92 million. The benefit varies by crop and by farm size. Soybean farmers do better than corn farmers, large farmers do better than small farmers.… Read More

How Much Energy Does It Take To Make A Gallon Of Ethanol?

Date: 12 Aug 1995 | posted in: agriculture, Energy, environment | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

One of the most controversial issues relating to ethanol is the question of what environmentalists call the “net energy” of ethanol production. Simply put, is more energy used to grow and process the raw material into ethanol than is contained in the ethanol itself? In 1992, ILSR addressed this question. Our report, based on actual energy consumption data from farmers and ethanol plant operators, was widely disseminated and its methodology has been imitated by a number of other researchers. This paper updates the data in that original report and addresses some of the concerns that some reviewers of the original report expressed. … Read More

The Carbohydrate Economy: Making Chemicals and Industrial Materials from Plant Matter

Date: 12 Dec 1992 | posted in: agriculture, biomaterials, Energy, environment, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This 1992 report by David Morris and Irshad Ahmed was one of the first comprehensive looks at how plant matter derived products could replace many of our fossil fuel derived materials.  One hundred and fifty years ago, all of our industrial materials were derived from plants. In 1992, plant matter accounted for less than 5% of … Read More

Self Reliance Newsletter Archive 1976 – 1982

Date: 4 Dec 1982 | posted in: agriculture | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Back when ILSR was just getting started, the staff put out a newsletter called “Self-Reliance” that addressed sustainability and economic development issues across a variety of sectors.   We’ve scanned them in and present the complete archive here. Enjoy. Self-Reliance Newsletter Archive Self-Reliance – Issue 28 – February 1982 Cover Story: The Emerging Municipal Solar Utility Self-Reliance … Read More

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