Report: Ethanol and Land Use Changes

Date: 5 Feb 2008 | posted in: agriculture, Energy, environment | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This February 2008 report by David Morris criticizes the authors of two recent studies published in Science for advancing a conclusion not supported by their own studies. The paper notes that the vast majority of today’s ethanol production comes from corn cultivated on land that has been in corn production for generations. Since little new land has come into production, either directly or indirectly, the current use of ethanol clearly reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

On February 7, 2008, Science published two studies that examined the greenhouse gas impact of land use changes caused by the growing demand for biofuels. Within hours, news of the studies was carried by a remarkable number of media outlets. Reporters summed up the findings indire terms. National Public Radio declared, "Study: Ethanol Worse for Climate Than Gasoline." The New York Times headline read, "Biofuels Deemed a Greenhouse Threat."… Read More

Group Calls on Congress to Correct Its Mistake on Cellulosic Ethanol Mandate

Date: 4 Dec 2006 | posted in: agriculture, Energy, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 4, 2006 Contact: David Morris, 612-276-3456 x208 – dmorris [@] ilsr.org Group Calls on Congress to Correct Its Mistake on Cellulosic Ethanol Mandate Minneapolis, MN – In an article published December 4, 2006, in RenewableEnergyAcces.com, … Read More

Farmer Ownership Should Be Federal Focus in Building Cellulosic Ethanol Industry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 11, 2006 Contact: David Morris, 612-276-3456, dmorris@ilsr.org Farmer Ownership Should Be Federal Focus in Building Cellulosic Ethanol Industry Full report Putting the Pieces Together: Commercializing Cellulosic Ethanol – September 2006 Minneapolis, MN – A new … Read More

Report: The New Ethanol Future Demands a New Public Policy

Date: 21 Jun 2006 | posted in: agriculture, Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, environment | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The New Ethanol Future Demands a New Public Policy by David Morris, Vice President Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) June 21, 2006 This document is an expanded version of “An Ear for the Market,” an opinion piece published in the … Read More

Back the Dairy Compact

Date: 27 Aug 2001 | posted in: agriculture | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Published by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Midwestern lawmakers are working vigorously to defeat congressional reauthorization of the Northeast Dairy Compact, scheduled to expire in September. Dairy farms in the Midwest are failing at an alarming rate and the compact has … Read More

State Inspections Revive Local Markets

Date: 6 Jan 2001 | posted in: agriculture | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

After years of suffering heavy hits from industry consolidation and low prices, small livestock farmers and independent meat processors are getting a second chance through a long-forgotten policy. The recent resurrection of state meat inspection programs has given farmers the opportunity to market their own meat and is increasing business for small processors. By Brian Levy… Read More

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