Headline of the Day:  "Rising Costs of Food Leave Some Looking for Other Options."

posted June 25, 2008 at 6;20 p.m.


Biofuels from Abandoned Farmland.   From Scienceblog.

"Researchers estimate that globally up to 4.7 million square kilometers (approximately 1.8 million square miles) of abandoned lands could be available for growing energy crops. The potential yield of this land area, equivalent to nearly half the land area of the United States (including Alaska), depends on local soils and climate, as well as on the specific energy crops and cultivation methods in each region. But the researchers estimate that the worldwide harvestable dry biomass could amount to as much as 2.1 billion tons, with a total energy content of about 41 exajoules. While this is a significant amount of energy (one exajoule is a billion billion joules, equivalent to about 170 million barrels of oil), at best it would satisfy only about 8% of worldwide energy demand."

posted June 25, 1008 at 9:40 a.m.

Pennsylvania Millionaire bequeaths most of his estate to help poor children in Panama.  Lawsuits (inevitably) ensue.

posted June 25, 2008 at 7:10 a.m.


Policy and the Tradeoff between Agricultural Production and the Environment II.   Brazil acts to halt cattle grazing in the Amazon.  "Officials carted off 3,100 head of cattle that they said were being raised on an ecological reserve in the state of Para, in an operation intended to serve as a warning to other ranchers grazing an estimated 60,000 head on illegally deforested land in Amazonia."

posted June 25, 2008 at 7:00 a.m.


Policy and the Tradeoff between Agricultural Production and the Environment I.  State of Florida buys agricultural land to extend the area of the Everglades.    "Florida will pay $1.75 billion for United States Sugar, which would have six years to continue farming before turning over 187,000 acres north of Everglades National Park."  

posted June 25, 2008 at 6:50 a.m.