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  • Corn and Fertilizer Use USDA. See tables 9-14.

  • Archer Daniels Midland: The Exxon of corn? by Tom Philpott, 02 Feb 2006

  • What About the Land? By Julia Olmstead, 05 Dec 2006
    A look at the impacts of biofuels production, in the U.S. and the world

  • The Billion Ton Vision U.S. Department of Energy, April 2005
    Biomass as Feedstock for a Bioenergy and Bioproducts Industry: the Technical Feasibility of a Billion-Ton Annual Supply
    ...The DOE boasts about the potential for ALL U.S. forest and agricultural land to displace 1/3 of current national petroleum consumption.

  • Stuck in the Middle with Fuel By Eliza Barclay, 14 Dec 2006
    As its neighbors back biofuels, Central America gears up for business
    Countries prepare to develop available farmland for ethanol and biodiesel...since "there is no limit on [available farmland] in Central America."

    Food Vs. Fuel

  • Feeding the Beast: It's time for a real "food vs. fuel" debate By Tom Philpott, 13 Dec 2006
    "109 ethanol refineries currently churn out 5.3 billion gallons of ethanol a year -- and an additional 56 plants (plus expansions at seven existing ones) have broken ground. When these new plants are on line, the industry's capacity will nearly double, to 9.7 billion gallons a year."

  • Ethanol could leave the world hungry By Lester Brown, August 16 2006
    "One tankful of the latest craze in alternative energy could feed one person for a year."

  • The Myth of Brazil’s Ethanol Success The Energy Tribune Sep. 13, 2006
    "Brazil is a developing country whose consumption of crude oil is actually minuscule, 10 times less than the U.S. Interestingly, for the last 40 years, the energy consumed in Brazil as crude oil has been less than the total calorific value of corn grown in the U.S.!"

  • How Food and Fuel Compete for Land By Lester Brown, Wednesday, February 01 2006
    "On any given day, there are now two groups of buyers in world commodity markets: one representing food processors and another representing biofuel producers."