Africa / Asia / Food Safety / ILRI / Knowledge and Information / Latin America / Livelihoods / Mozambique / Pro-Poor Livestock

Reality checks for advocates of jatropha and food safety standards for the poor

Estevao Carlos, a pork seller in Morrumbala District, in Zambezia, the most populated province of Mozambique (photo credit: ILRI/Mann). Two useful reality checks have appeared this week for those of us in the agricultural research for development business. (1) The first concerns the hardy jatropha tree, widely heralded as a miracle biofuel source. Miyuki Iiyama, … Continue reading

Animal Products / Climate Change / Environment / Livestock

Big meat: Fueling change or greenwashing fuel?

On January 13, 2009, Tyson—one of the world’s largest processors of chicken, beef, and pork—and the fuel company Syntroleum broke ground in Geismar, Louisiana, on a “renewable” diesel plant. The fuel will be produced in part with Tyson factory farm byproducts, including animal fat and poultry litter. (“Litter” is the euphemistic term for poultry poop … Continue reading

Brazil / Climate Change / Latin America / Livestock

Boosting livestock density could cut biofuel impact

Brazil has plans to increase its production of biofuels over the next ten years. But, although Brazilian sugarcane is currently one of the best raw materials for producing biofuels with low greenhouse-gas emissions, there are concerns that land-use changes caused by expanding biofuel plantations could mar this good performance. With that in mind, a team … Continue reading

Agriculture / Environment / Food Security

Feeding the future …

Writing in the December 2009 issue of Livestock Research for Rural Development, University of Queensland Professor David Farrell reflects on the feed, food and land area that the world will require by 2016-2018. “The alarming increase in biofuel production, the projected demand for livestock products, and the estimated food to feed the additional 700 million … Continue reading