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KUALA LUMPUR: Analysts are still bullish on rubber glove stocks and consider them low risk despite the increase in electricity and natural gas tariffs.

Effective today, the government raised electricity rates by 7 per cent. There is also a 20 per cent price hike for natural gas across industries.

Heavy gas users like some steel millers, petrochemical, oleochemical and fertiliser producers consuming more than two mmscfd (million standard cubic feet per day), will need to pay RM18.35 per mmBtu (million metric British thermal unit) instead of RM15.35/mmBtu, previously.

The last time the government raised gas prices was in August 2008 by a hefty 72 per cent to RM22 per mmBtu from RM12.80 per mmBtu. After much complaints, the government, in March 2009, lowered the gas tariffs by 30 per cent to RM15.35 per mmBtu.


Fiona Leong of Citi Investment Research is keeping her earnings forecasts for glovemakers unchanged because the 20 per cent gas price hike would only raise operating costs by 0.7 per cent, if there is no cost pass through.

In her note to investors, she said the hike would have a small knock on earnings of glovemakers for June and July because selling prices for deliveries had already been firmed up.

But glovemakers are hopeful of passing on the higher fuel costs as the gradual easing in natural latex price gives room for price adjustments. Bulk latex price has retreated by 11 per cent from an average of RM10.45 per kg in April to RM9.43 per kg in May.

Leong noted that rubber glovemakers face sharp volatility in latex price and the stronger ringgit. This would hamper accurate adjustments of selling prices.

Rubber glove manufacturers using less than two mmscfd, however, will need to pay the new rate of RM16.07 per mmBtu. This is 7 per cent more than the old RM15.00 per mmBtu rate.

Jason Yap of OSK Investment Research said given that the quantum and timeline of the hike of every six months until 2015, rubber glove manufacturers would be able to make adjustments to their gloves prices in advance and pass on the energy cost increase to their customers.

His top picks include Top Glove Corp Bhd, Supermax Corp Bhd and Kossan Rubber Industries Bhd. He has valued Top Glove at RM6.50 and expects Supermax to rise up to RM6.91. His target price for Kossan is RM5.

Yap said the companies are the main beneficiaries from easing of latex price as they have higher natural rubber glove than the nitrile variant.

PT BAKRIE PLANTATION MEMPRODUKSI VARIETAS SAWIT COMPACT

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Pada tahun 2011 PT. Bakrie Plantation akan memproduksi varietas kelapa sawit jenis Compact yang memiliki karakteristik pertumbuhan lambat , dan tajuk pendek sehingga populasi per ha lebih banyak dari varietas yang ada di Indonesia. Serta memiliki produksi CPO yang tinggi.

Benih idari varietas ni rencananya digunakan untuk kebutuhan sendiri dan kebun plasma. Sehingga diharapkan dapat memacu produksi kelapa sawit di kebun milik PT. Bakrie Plantation atau petani binaan.

PT. Bakrie Plantation, perusahaan kelapa sawit yang berlokasi di Medan, tengah mempersiapkan diri menjadi sumber benih dengan bekerja sama dengan produsen benih ASD asal Costarica. Sehingga diharapkan varietas asal Negara Amerika Selatan Tersebut bisa tersedia di Indonesia.

PT BAKRIE PLANTATION MEMPRODUKSI VARIETAS SAWIT COMPACT

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Pada tahun 2011 PT. Bakrie Plantation akan memproduksi varietas kelapa sawit jenis Compact yang memiliki karakteristik pertumbuhan lambat , dan tajuk pendek sehingga populasi per ha lebih banyak dari varietas yang ada di Indonesia. Serta memiliki produksi CPO yang tinggi.

Benih idari varietas ni rencananya digunakan untuk kebutuhan sendiri dan kebun plasma. Sehingga diharapkan dapat memacu produksi kelapa sawit di kebun milik PT. Bakrie Plantation atau petani binaan.

PT. Bakrie Plantation, perusahaan kelapa sawit yang berlokasi di Medan, tengah mempersiapkan diri menjadi sumber benih dengan bekerja sama dengan produsen benih ASD asal Costarica. Sehingga diharapkan varietas asal Negara Amerika Selatan Tersebut bisa tersedia di Indonesia.

SAWIT MENJALAR KE JAWA TIMUR

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Saat ini terjadi demam sawit. Penyebarannya tidak hanya ke daerah-daerah baru seperti Sulawesi dan Papua. Namun juga ke daerah Jawa Timur yang lebih dekat dengan tanaman semusim

Menurut Soedjai Kartasasmita, pada Pertemuan Koordinasi Penanganan Gangguan Usaha Perkebunan (26/5) diperkirakan saat ini terdapat 7000 ha dibangun kelapa sawit di Blitar Selatan. Menurut masyarakat setempat mereka mencoba menanam kelapa sawit karena hanya komoditas ini yang dapat memberikan kesejahteraan”,

Hanya saja, menurut ketua GPPI tersebut, petani di daerah tersebut masih awam dengan penanaman sawit. Sehingga bisa saja kebun tidak dibangun menurut standar yang berlaku. Oleh sebab itu geliat pengembangan sawit perlu senantiasa mendapatkan pengawasan oleh pemerintah agar sesuai dengan kaidah teknis budidaya kelapa sawit.

SAWIT MENJALAR KE JAWA TIMUR

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Saat ini terjadi demam sawit. Penyebarannya tidak hanya ke daerah-daerah baru seperti Sulawesi dan Papua. Namun juga ke daerah Jawa Timur yang lebih dekat dengan tanaman semusim

Menurut Soedjai Kartasasmita, pada Pertemuan Koordinasi Penanganan Gangguan Usaha Perkebunan (26/5) diperkirakan saat ini terdapat 7000 ha dibangun kelapa sawit di Blitar Selatan. Menurut masyarakat setempat mereka mencoba menanam kelapa sawit karena hanya komoditas ini yang dapat memberikan kesejahteraan”,

Hanya saja, menurut ketua GPPI tersebut, petani di daerah tersebut masih awam dengan penanaman sawit. Sehingga bisa saja kebun tidak dibangun menurut standar yang berlaku. Oleh sebab itu geliat pengembangan sawit perlu senantiasa mendapatkan pengawasan oleh pemerintah agar sesuai dengan kaidah teknis budidaya kelapa sawit.

Girl Scouts Launch Palm-Oil Crusade

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"To earn their Girl Scout Bronze Award four years ago, Rhiannon Tomtishen and Madison Vorva set out to study orangutans.
Instead, they wound up investigating Thin Mints, Trefoils and Samoas.
What they uncovered soured them on the sweets and has put the Michigan teens at odds with Girl Scouts of the USA. Now they're on a march to change the recipe for Girl Scout cookies.
Their target: palm oil, which can come from places the primates live.
Girl scouts Rhiannon Tomtishen, left, and Madison Vorva
The girls, who have been scouts since they were five, have rallied troops across the country. Scouts sold 198 million boxes of cookies last year, but now some say they're done. Scouts and leaders have criticized their nonprofit organization on Facebook and Twitter.
"My troop is up in arms," says Nicole Bell, a Lansing, Kan., leader and former scout. "They do not want to sell cookies next year."
The Girl Scouts organization says its bakers have told them there isn't a good alternative to palm oil that would ensure the same taste, texture and shelf life. "Girls sell cookies from Texas to Hawaii and those cookies have to be sturdy," says Amanda Hamaker, product sales manager for Girl Scouts of the USA.
Rhiannon, 15, and Madison, 16, both high school sophomores, met in sixth grade. Having already earned a slew of badges, from horseback riding to pets, they decided to work together for their Girl Scout Bronze Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can earn.
Inspired by Jane Goodall's work with chimpanzees, the girls sought to raise awareness of endangered orangutans. They learned that orangutan habitat in Southeast Asia is disappearing, partly because some rain forests have been cleared for palm oil plantations." continue story here Palm-Oil Crusade

Harga saham IPO Salim Ivomas Rp1.100

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JAKARTA: Calon emiten perkebunan PT Salim Ivomas Pratama menetapkan harga saham perdana Rp1.100 per saham dalam aksi penawaran saham perdana (initial public offering/IPO).
Perseroan melepas 3,16 miliar saham biasa dengan nominal Rp200 setiap saham atau 20% dari modal ditempatkan dan disetor penuh dalam perseroan, seperti terungkap dalam prospektus ringkas yang disampaikan perseroan hari ini. Salim Ivomas telah mengantongi pernyataan efektif dari regulator pasar modal.

Harga saham itu lebih tinggi dari harga penawaran awal yang berada pada kisaran Rp1.060-Rp1.700 per saham.
Adapun, masa penawaran berlangsung pada 30 Mei sampai 1 Juni 2011. Rencananya, tanggal pencatatan di Bursa Efek Indonesia pada 9 Juni 2011.

Salim Ivomas merupakan salah satu produsen minyak kelapa sawit (crude palm oil/CPO) swasta terbesar yang berdiri 19 tahun lalu dan kini memimpin pasar minyak goreng dan margarin bermerek serta lemak nabati.

Dana hasil IPO dari anak usaha PT Indofoof Sukses Makmur Tbk itu akan digunakan untuk membayar utang dan modal guna penanaman baru. Perseroan menunjuk tiga penjamin pelaksana emisi yakni PT Kim Eng Securities, PT Deutsche Securities Indonesia, dan PT Mandiri Securities.

Selain tiga penjamin pelaksana emisi terdapat 19 penjamin emisi efek lainnya, a.l. PT Reliance Securities, PT Bahana Securities, PT Buana Capital, dan PT Victoria Securities. (spr)sumber: bisnis.com

Adaro Develop Fuel "Jatropha"

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PT Adaro Energy Tbk develop the use of biodiesel fuel derived from Jatropha for moving conveyances their coal products in South Kalimantan.
The project which started in early 2010 was beginning to show results even though the project has just reached a year old. "This is already showing results, but still in the pilot project level and it can not be regarded as a valuable commercial projects," said Manager of Corporate Reporting Adaro, Perry B Slangor in Jakarta on Monday (5/30/2011).

The development of this project conducted in cooperation with Komatsu Ltd. Adaro and PT United Tractors Tbk. The project started on March 31, 2010.
Bio Diesel from Jatropha curcas will be used for a fuel dump trucks (class mining truck manufactured 90-ton Komatsu). If the project is successful, then Adaro hope will gain a new source of renewable fuels, and leave the dependence on fossil fuels.
"We're going to enter the bio-diesel is gradually on the dump truck tank is gradually mixed with fossil fuels. However, over time will further increase the composition of bio-diesel," said Perry.

Bio diesel produced in this project is 1-2 tons per day. "We are planting jatropha curcas adjacent to the mine area. We select suitable jatropha because of the distance in the region that are not fertile as mine," said Perry in a journey towards the town of Tanjung, South Kalimantan, one of the largest mining areas managed by Adaro.

PT Adaro Energy require mine reclamation land or unproductive land to plant jatropha trees. These plants are needed as raw materials for manufacture of vegetable oil fuel, which is used to drive the vehicle at a coal mine operations that they manage in the Cape region, Tabalong regency, South Kalimantan.

Director of Marketing and Support, Komatsu Limited (manufacturer of heavy equipment up hope Japan) in Indonesia, Chikaya Sakai, express it in Tanjung, Tabalong, Tuesday (05/31/2011). He explained about the development projects jatropha curcas Fuel Development in the area coal mines managed by PT Adaro Indonesia, a subsidiary of PT Adaro Energy.
According to Sakai, until recently, the area planted new range of existing 50 hectares. Though the land needs to reach 4,000 acres. "The thing is, we can only develop their own land for planting distance on a land mine reclamation area of 400 per year. So much land needs," he said.
Planting 4,000 hectares of land was needed to achieve the target production of castor oil fuel as much as 8,000 tons per year in 2012.

Harga CPO capai level tertinggi

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JAKARTA: Harga minyak kelapa sawit naik ke level tertingginya dalam lebih dari 2 bulan terakhir, dipicu oleh banjir di areal tanaman di AS, sehingga menghambat penanaman jagung dan kedelai.

Harga kontrak minyak kelapa sawit untuk pengiriman Agustus naik 0,8% menjadi 3.464 ringgit atau sekitar US$1.148 per metrik ton pada Malaysia Derivatives Exchange yang merupakan level tertinggi sejak 21 Maret.

Kontrak tersebut mengakhiri sesi perdagangan pagi pada level 3.453 ringgit per ton. Sepanjang pekan lalu, harga kontrak teraktif ini naik 1,4%. Ini merupakan kenaikan harga dalam 6 hari berturut-turut.

Produksi biji-bijian dunia terancam oleh cuaca yang buruk, mulai dari kekeringan di China dan Eropa hingga cuaca lembab yang berlebihan di AS dan Kanada.

Sementara penanaman di AS telah naik kembali mendekati laju normal di kawasan terbesar tanaman jagung dan kedelai Iowa dan Illinois, produsen kecil termasuk Ohio, Indiana. Sementara, North Dakota justru tertinggal karena areal tanam digenangi lumpur akibat curah hujan tinggi di Lembah Ohio, banjir di sepanjang Sungai Mississippi, dan musim semi basah di negara bagian utara.

Alvin Tai, analis OSK Research Sdn, mengatakan minyak kelapa sawit berproduksi cukup baik pada tahun ini. Namun, ada kekhawatiran pada produksi kedelai yang merupakan substitusi kelapa sawit.

"Hal ini karena kekeringan di China dan di Amerika Serikat dan bagian-bagian tertentu dari Mississipi yang tergenang sekarang," katanya.

Petani kehabisan waktu untuk menanam jagung pada tahun ini setelah cuaca yang basah menyebabkan banjir areal pertanian, mulai dari North Dakota hingga ke Ohio. Petani kemungkinan mengalihkan jenis tanaman ke kedelai, yang dapat ditanam sampai akhir Juni. Kedelai dapat dilumatkan untuk membuat minyak goreng, sebagai alternatif dari kelapa sawit.

"Prospek tanaman kedelai di AS tidak bisa diperbaiki lagi, tetapi pasti akan ada dampak. Areal penanaman di negara itu masih banjir dan tidak ada yang dapat dilakukan," ujar Tai.

Tai memperkirakan harga minyak sawit akan tetap kuat dalam 2 bulan ke depan dan mungkin diperdagangkan di kisaran 3.500 ringgit hingga 3.600 ringgit per ton.

Rajesh Modi, seorang pedagang pada Sprint Exim Pte yang berbasis di Singapura, mengatakan harga kontrak berjangka berpotensi turun setelah menyentuh 3.500 ringgit per ton karena harga yang tinggi dapat menghalangi pembeli.

Adapun, harga kontrak minyak kelapa sawit pada Dalian Commodity Exchange naik sebesar 0,9% menjadi 9.372 yuan atau sekitar US$1.445 per ton sebelum mengakhiri sesi perdagangan pagi di level 9.350 yuan per ton. Harga kontrak minyak kedelai untuk periode pengiriman yang sama naik 0,8% menjadi 10.398 yuan per ton.

Di Bursa Komoditas dan Derivatif Indonesia (BKDI), harga kontrak minyak kelapa sawit mentah berdenominasi rupiah (CPOTR) mencapai Rp9.990 per kilogram, lebih tinggi dibandingkan dengan harga kontrak pengiriman yang sama pada awal bulan ini yaitu Rp9.370 per kg. Harga kontrak CPOTR untuk pengiriman Juli mencapai Rp10.185 per kilogram.

G. M. Teoh, analis komoditas dan pedagang profesional pada CIMB Group, mengatakan Indonesia dan Malaysia adalah tempat perdagangan internasional minyak kelapa sawit. Dia memperkirakan total produksi dari kedua negara dapat mencapai 41 juta ton pada 2011.

Kedua negara memiliki bursa yang memperdagangkan kontrak minyak kelapa sawit yaitu Bursa Komoditas dan Derivatif Indonesia (BKDI)atau Indonesia Commodity and Derivatives Exchange (ICDX) dan Bursa Derivatif Malaysia (Malaysian Derivatives Exchange/MDX)

Teoh mengemukakan posisi open interest perdagangan kontrak berjangka minyak kelapa sawit di kedua bursa mencapai 112.000 kontrak atau sekitar 2,8 juta ton. Dengan demikian, total tonase lindung nilai minyak kelapa sawit pada pasar berjangka di kedua negara kunci hanya sekitar 7% dari total produksi. (yes) (sumber: ptpniv)

PTP Nusantara III Seleksi Lima Calon Investor

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Jakarta - PT Perkebunan Nusantara (PTPN) III berencana menggandeng investor untuk mengembangkan sejumlah pabrik di Kawasan Industri Sei Mangkei, Sumatera Utara.
Saat ini telah ada lima perusahaan, dari semula enam, yang menyatakan minatnya. “Kami akan menyaring mereka dalam waktu dekat,” kata Direktur Utama PTPN III Amri Siregar, Selasa (31/5).

Para investor tersebut ada yang berasal dari Cina, Jerman, dan Malaysia. Namun, Amri belum hendak menyebutkan jumlah investor yang akan dipilih dalam seleksi.

Kerja sama akan dilakukan dalam bentuk kerja sama operasi pengelolaan pabrik produk hilir sawit, dengan PTPN III sebagai pemasok bahan baku.

Amri menuturkan, ada sekitar 64 produk hilir dari kelapa sawit yang bisa dimanfaatkan. Beberapa di antaranya adalah biodiesel, oleochemicals, pupuk, dan makanan ternak.

Ada pun Kawasan Sei Mangkei dipilih karena memang disiapkan sebagai pusat produksi hilir sawit."Dalam kerja sama ini, porsi kami sekitar 30 - 40 persen,” kata dia.

Jika berjalan sesuai rencana, proses seleksi ditargetkan selesai Juni tahun ini. Sedangkan peletakan batu pertama pabrik akan dilakukan pada Oktober atau November.

Kerja sama tersebut diharapkan dapat meningkatkan kinerja keuangan perseroan. Pada tahun ini, pendapatan perusahaan diperkirakan sekitar Rp 7 triliun, dengan laba setelah pajak tumbuh 20 persen dari tahun lalu yang sebesar Rp 1,104 triliun.

Pertumbuhan pendapatan itu sejalan dengan peningkatan nilai tambah jika bahan baku diolah menjadi produk hilir. "Contohnya, minyak sawit mentah (CPO), yang jika diolah ke barang jadi nilai tambahnya meningkat 15 - 20 persen," ucap Amri. SUMBER :TEMPO Interaktif


EVANA DEWI | EFRI RITONGA

PTPN III Incar Dana IPO Rp3 Triliun

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Jakarta -PT Perkebunan Nusantara (PTPN) III menargetkan perolehan dana dari rencana penawaran saham kepada publik (IPO) sekitar Rp3 triliun."Persiapan IPO sudah dilakukan dengan rencana melepas kepemilikan saham hingga 30 persen. Kalau bisa tahun ini (2011) akan lebih bagus," kata Direktur Utama PTPN III Amri Siregar, di sela acara "BUMN Dukung Program Indonesia Emas," di Jakarta, Selasa.Menurut Amri, dana hasil IPO akan dimanfaatkan untuk modal kerja dalam rangka ekspansi lahan perkebunan sawit dan karet, serta untuk membayar utang perseroan.Selain itu, manfaat IPO juga agar karyawan dapat memiliki saham perseroan."Dari kesiapan sangat siap. Saat ini kami memiliki ekuitas Rp8 triliun, sehingga memungkinkan mencari dana hinga sekitar Rp3 triliun," tegasnya.Meski begitu, Amri mengatakan pihaknya masih harus mengajukan proposal kembali untuk mendapat persetujuan IPO kepada Komite Tim Privatisasi."Dari kesiapan, kami sejak tahun 2007 sudah melakukan kajian. Hanya saja implementasi IPO belum terealisasi," tegas Amri.Meski begitu, Kementerian BUMN selaku kuasa pemegang saham PTPN III berpendapat lain.Menteri BUMN Mustafa Abubakar menuturkan tidak ada BUMN Perkebunan yang melakukan IPO tahun ini."IPO PTPN akan dilakukan setelah pemerintah terlebih dahulu membentuk 'holding' perkebunan," kata Mustafa.Menanggapi hal itu, Amri menuturkan pihaknya saat ini sangat membutuhkan dana untuk mengembangkan perseroan.Menurut catatan, pembentukan 'holding' BUMN perkebunan hingga kini juga belum jelas meski sudah dibahas sejak tahun 2007."PTPN III mendapat tugas dalam proyek pengembangan koridor ekonomi dalam masterplan percepatan perluasan pembangunan ekonomi Indonesia (MP3EI) pada proyek Sei Mangkei," ujarnya.Untuk pengembangan Sei Mangkei sebagai Kawasan Ekonomi Khusus, diutarakan Amri, menelan biaya hingga sekitar Rp6 triliun sampai tahun 2014."Untuk mendanai pengembangan Sei Mangkei ini selain dana internal perseroan dan pinjaman perbankan, pembiayannya juga dapat diperoleh lewat IPO," katanya.Pada tahun 2010, PTPN III mencatat laba bersih sebesar Rp1,014 triliun, dan diproyeksikan tumbuh sebesar 20 persen pada 2011 sejalan dengan pengembangan ekspansi usaha dan tetap tingginya harga CPO dunia.(R017)(ANTARANEWS)Editor: Ella SyafputriCOPYRIGHT © 2011

CBIP Q1 profits jump 80%

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SUBANG JAYA: CB Industrial Product Holding Bhd's (CBIP) first quarter profit ended March 2011 jumped 80 per cent to RM21.88 million, thanks to surging palm oil prices and the completion of more palm oil mills. Revenue was up by 27 per cent to RM92.32 million.

CBIP is in the business of constructing automated palm oil mills brandnamed Modipalms. The company has also planted some 17,000ha with oil palms in Malaysia and Indonesia.

The Modipalm technology is a system of continuous sterilisation of fresh fruit bunches. It essentially automates oil extraction and reduces dependency on foreign labour.

On the company's outlook, managing director Lim Chai Beng remarked: "The prospect looks good."

He said palm oil prices are not likely to drop below RM3,000 per tonne in the next few months as bad weather in China and the US has caused a constraint in global supply of soyabean oil, a substitute to palm oil.

CBIP's engineering division contributes about 40 per cent of the total earnings. Lim said this division is expected to improve this year, although it has been affected by the foreign exchange movements. About half of its contracts are quoted in US dollars.

"We're gaining visibility in Africa and Central America. Lately, we've received more enquiries from oil palm plantations in Liberia, Ivory Coast, Guatemala and Mexico," he told reporters after the company's shareholders meeting here yesterday.

CBIP's order books currently amount to RM400 million, enough to keep its staff busy for the next 18 months. "Now, we are negotiating for contracts beyond 2012. With the current high palm oil prices, we see promising growth in our engineering business in the year ahead.

"We've put bids amounting to another RM400 million. In Malaysia, many old mills are due for upgrades. Our Modipalm design is proven to be very efficient at oil recovery and this has helped contribute to higher oil extraction rates for millers," he said.

Last month, CBIP told the stock exchange that its unit AVP Engineering (M) Sdn Bhd had clinched a RM38.35 million contract to supply 100 units of ambulance to the Ministry of Health. Lim explained that AVP Engineering has been in the business of retro-fitting ambulances and fire engines in the last five years. "We've supplied ambulances to the government before. Our track record in the assembly of special purpose vehicles gives confidence for repeat orders," he said.

Tips Ampuh : Makanan Berlemak yang Baik Untuk Tubuh

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Menghindari makan telur dan daging karena takut gemuk? Telur, daging, dan susu memang mengandung lemak dan bisa menambah bobot tubuh. Tapi lemak-lemak ini juga berfungsi menjaga kesehatan organ-organ tubuh.

Berat badan yang terus melambung memang bikin repot. Segala jenis makanan khususnya yang mengandung lemak langsung dijauhi. Padahal, lemak yang diduga sebagai penyebab utama meningkatnya berat badan justru dapat meningkatkan HDL ( kolesterol baik) dan membantu menghilangkan plak dari dinding pembuluh darah arteri.

Berikut ini adalah jenis-jenis makanan berlemak yang baik untuk kesehatan Anda:

Daging

Daging kalkun, daging sapi, ayam, dan ikan seringkali menjadi pilihan sebagai pengganti daging sapi. Karena banyak yang mengatakan kalau daging mengandung lemak jenuh yang tidak baik untuk jantung. Padahal di dalam daging justru terdapat lemak tak jenuh tunggal yang disebut dengan oleic acid yang sama seperti di dalam olive oil. Selain itu, daging merupakan sumber protein hewani yang sangat baik, mengandung zat besi, zinc, dan juga vitamin B yang dibutuhkan oleh tubuh.

Telur

Telur utuh mengandung lebih banyak vitamin dan mineral penting dibandingkan jenis makanan lain. Telur juga menjadi sumber kolin, zat yang dibutuhkan tubuh untuk memecah lemak menjadi energi. Selain itu, telur juga mengandung lutein dan zeaxanthin, antioksidan yang membantu mencegah katarak dan degenerasi makula. Dalam penelitian di Wake Forest University, terbukti tidak ada hubungan antara konsumsi telur dan penyakit jantung.

Keju

Meskipun keju mengandung lemak dan protein yang tinggi, tetapi justru baik untuk diet. Karena lemak dan protein bisa menjaga lambung dalam keadaan kenyang. Keju juga dapat dimakan sebagai pendamping salad, atau sebagai camilan tanpa harus makan makanan lainnya.

Kelapa

Kelapa mengandung lemak jenuh yang lebih jika dibandingkan dengan mentega. Banyak orang menghindari makanan berbahan dasar kelapa atau santan agar terhindar dari penyumbatan pembuluh darah arteri. Hal ini justru berdampak baik untuk kesehatan jantung. Karena lebih dari 50% kandungan lemak jenuh dalam kelapa adalah asam laurat. Penelitian di American Journal of Clinical Nutrition menunjukkan bahwa meskipun asam laurat meningkatkan LDL(kolesterol jahat) kolesterol, tapi HDL (kolesterol baik) juga turut meningkat. Hal ini justru mengurangi resiko terkena penyakit jantung.

Meskipun keempat makanan diatas cukup baik untuk kesehatan, namun ada baiknya jumlah yang dikonsumsi tetap dalam keadaan normal agar manfaatnya tetap bisa dirasakan.

Tips Ampuh : Tembakau Rokok Ampuh Atasi Sengatan Lebah

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Tembakau
yang selama ini identik dengan rokok ternyata memiliki khasiat alternatif. Tembakau adalah produk pertanian yang diproses dari daun tanaman dari genus Nicotiana. Tembakau dapat dikonsumsi, digunakan sebagai pestisida, dan dalam bentuk nikotin tartrat dapat digunakan sebagai obat.

Tembakau bisa menjadi obat yang cepat dan mudah dalam meringankan sengatan lebah.

Berikut tahap-tahap yang mesti dilakukan dalam menjadikan tembakau sebagai obat bagi sengatan lebah seperti dikutip dari eHow.com, yaitu :

  • Pencet setengah sentimeter ujung tembakau pada rokok dan keluarkan bagian itu.
  • Basahi serpihan tembakau dengan air, lalu letakkan di sebuah handuk kecil yang sebelumnya telah dibasahi.
  • Taruh handuk tersebut di bagian tubuh yang tersengat lebah sembari Anda berbaring.
  • Setelah itu, teruskan saja mengompres hingga rasa panas mereda.

Berita Pertanian : Wereng Makin Ganas, Petani Wonogiri Dibayangi Gagal Panen

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WONOGIRI. Petani padi di 15 kabupaten wilayah kabupaten Wonogiri,Jawa Tengah, resah dibayangi gagal panen, akibat serangan wereng coklat dan hama kerdil yang terus meluas dan semakin sulit diatasi.

Kerugian padi puso akibat dua hama itu sudah mencapai Rp 500 juta dan akan terus membengkak hingga puluhan miliar rupiah, jika sekitar 1300 hektare tanaman padi yang diserang gagal diselamatkan dengan pengobatan pestisida.

Di wilayah Pracimantoro, sejumlah petani yang sudah putus asa, telah nekat membakar tanaman padi miliknya yang tidak lagi bisa diselamatkan. Pada saat ini Dinas Pertanian Tanaman Pangan dan Hortikultura ( DPTPH ) mencoba membujuk petani bersedia beralih ke palawija untuk memutus mata rantai wereng coklat yang mengganas dalam beberapa musim tanam terakhir ini.

"Sudah beberapa hari ini, petani di Pracimantoro secara sporadis membakar tanaman padi yang dipastikan gagal dipanen, karena batangnya sudah menguning dan kering. Ada sedikitnya 3 hektare yang sudah dibakar," ujar Kastono, petani Pracimantoro di tengah kegalauannya untuk menyelamatkan tanaman padi dari keganasan hama wereng coklat.

Bupati Wonogiri Danar Santosa telah memerintah Kepala DPTPH Wonogiri Guruh Santosa agar bahu membahu dengan petani untuk mengenyahkan wereng coklat yang sulit dibrantas itu, sehingga kerugian petani tidak semakin membesar. Sebab jika sampai 1300-an hektare tanaman padi gagal diselamatkan, kerugian bisa mencapai puluhan miliar.

"Jadi kita bersama petani terus bekerjasama membrantas wereng coklat. Mudah-mudahan dengan cara ini, padi puso bisa ditekan. Dari hujan yang semakin menipis, kita yakin, wereng coklat dapat dienyahkan. Tapi nanti habis panen, petani harus mengganti dengan palawija, agar mata rantai wereng coklat benar-benar dapat diputus," tandas Guruh Santosa.

Di tempat terpisah Bupati Karanganyar, Rina Iriani juga memerintahkan Dinas Pertanian untuk bekerja keras membantu petani mengatasi serangan wereng coklat yang sudah meluas di 8 kecamatan.

"Terus kita pantau, dan Alhamdulillah serangan semakin menyempit sekarang. Padi puso tidak banyak, sehingga kabupaten Karanganyar saya pastikan tidak begitu terganggu dan tetap surplus beras nantinya," ujar Rina. (MI)

Australia Stop Suplai Sapi ke Indonesia

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Sydney. Australia memutuskan untuk menghentikan sementara suplai ternak sapi hidupnya (sapi bakalan) ke tiga tempat pemotongan hewan Indonesia setelah munculnya dokumen yang menunjukkan sapi-sapi asal negara itu dipotong dengan cara kejam.

Perihal kekejaman pemotongan sapi Australia di tempat pemotongan hewan Indonesia itu muncul dalam program "Four Corners" di stasiun televisi ABC pada Senin (30/5). Dalam tayangan tersebut tampak bagaimana sapi-sapi ternak itu menderita saat dipotong karena matanya dicungkil, kukunya dicopot dan pemotongan lehernya dilakukan secara brutal di empat tempat pemotongan hewan di Indonesia.

Setelah melihat tayangan tersebut, otoritas eksportir ternak hidup Australia, LiveCorp, mengaku telah memberitahukan kepada otoritas industri Indonesia untuk penghentian suplai sapi ternak Australia ke tempat pemotongan hewan itu."Kekejaman terhadap binatang-binatang Australia jelas tidak bisa diterima," ujar Chief Executive LiveCorp, Cameron Hall, dalam pernyataannya seperti dikutip dari AFP.

Dia mengatakan, pihaknya menganut strategi keselamatan hewan yang difokuskan untuk menjamin sapi ternak disuplai ke fasilitas-fasilitas di mana rantai suplai memenuhi standar keselamatan hewan global.

Ekspor ternak sapi Australia kini mencapai AU$ 652 juta atau sekitar US$ 697 juta pada tahun 2008-2009, dengan Indonesia sebagai pangsa pasar terbesar. Industri ternak sapi Australia tercatat mempekerjakan sekitar 10.000 karyawan.

Australia juga tercatat mendanai sejumlah proyek yang bertujuan untuk memperbaiki infrastruktur dan pelatihan guna meningkatkan perbaikan penanganan dan praktik-praktik pemotongan hewan.

Kalangan peternak sapi dan kerbau di Indonesia menganggap penghentian pengiriman sapi hidup dari Australia ke Indonesia hanyalah perang dagang belaka. Mereka menganggap kabar ini dihembuskan untuk memperkuat posisi tawar masuknya daging beku impor ke Indonesia.
"Ini hanya kompetisi perdagangan," kata Sekjen Perhimpunan Peternak Sapi dan Kerbau Indonesia (PPSKI) Rochadi Tawaf.

Dugaan perang dagang ini, menurut Rochadi, erat kaitannya dengan kepentingan para importir daging beku. Penghentian atau pengurungan suplai sapi hidup akan berimbas pada suplai impor daging sapi beku yang bisa saja bertambah.

Rochadi menuturkan, kabar semacam ini jangan terlalu digubris karena pernyataannya berasal dari otoritas asosiasi setempat bukan pernyataan resmi dari pemerintah.

Selain itu, dia menilai kabar semacam ini terkesan dipaksakan misalnya terkait eksportir Australia yang mengirim sapi ke rumah potong hewan karena biasanya sapi dikirim harus melalui perusahaan feedlot untuk dibesarkan terlebih dahulu.

Dikatakannya, dengan adanya kabar ini justru bisa menjadi pelajaran bagi pemerintah untuk meningkatkan pengawasannya pada rumah potong hewan yang ada. Rumah potong hewan harus didorong untuk memiliki sertifikasi pengelolaan rumah potong hewan yang baik.

"Kalau jumlah rumah potong hewan, jumlahnya tidak tahu, tapi yang disertifikasi bisa dihitung dengan jari, nggak sampai 20% itu kebanyakan punya swasta," katanya.

Regulasi di Indonesia terkait pemotongan hewan sudah tertuang dalam UU No 18 Tahun 2009 tentang peternakan dan kesehatan hewan yang tertuang dalam Bab VI Kesehatan Masyarakat Veteriner dan Kesejahteraan Hewan.

Pada pasal 61 (1) Pemotongan hewan yang dagingnya diedarkan harus dilakukan di rumah potong dan mengikuti cara penyembelihan yang memenuhi kaidah kesehatan masyarakat veteriner dan kesejahteraan hewan.

Berita Pertanian : Kebijakan BK Dorong Peningkatan Produksi Industri Kakao

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Jakarta. Ketua Umum Asosiasi Industri Kakao Indonesia Piter Jasman mengatakan penerapan kebijakan pengenaan bea keluar (BK) dalam ekspor biji kakao telah mendorong peningkatan kapasitas produksi industri kakao nasional.

"Produksi industri kakao yang tahun lalu 150.000 ton akan meningkat menjadi 280.000 ton tahun ini. Tahun 2012, bisa naik lagi menjadi 400.000 ton," kata Piter yang juga Presiden Komisaris PT Bumitangerang Mesindotama Cocoa Processing, pada peresmian BT Chocolate Academy di Tangerang, Banten, Senin (30/5).

Ia menjelaskan, pengenaan bea keluar ekspor biji kakao sejak 1 April 2011 telah memberikan kontribusi bermakna terhadap pertumbuhan industri pengolahan kakao dalam negeri.

"Setahun setelah penerapan bea keluar biji kakao, sudah terlihat dampak positifnya. Beberapa industri yang semula berhenti produksi saat ini sudah berjalan kembali," katanya.

Saat ini, dia menjelaskan, beberapa industri pengolahan kakao juga melakukan ekspansi dan pabrik-pabrik pengolahan baru mulai dibangun, salah satunya di Batam. "Sekarang sudah ada 14 industri pengolahan," kata dia.

Padahal, ia menjelaskan, industri pengolahan kakao yang tahun 2000 ada 40 pabrik dengan kapasitas 300.000 ton pernah menurun drastis menjadi hanya lima pabrik dengan kapasitas 120.000 ton pada 2009 karena beberapa kebijakan yang kurang kondusif.

Selain itu, pertumbuhan industri pengolahan biji kakao juga terlihat dari peningkatan konsumsi biji kakao oleh industri dalam negeri. Asosiasi Kakao Indonesia (Askindo) memperkirakan konsumsi biji kakao untuk industri pengolahan dalam negeri yang pada 2010 sekitar hanya 150.000 ton meningkat menjadi 220.000 ton pada 2011.

Selanjutnya, Piter berharap, separuh dari produksi biji kakao nasional yang pada 2010 sekitar 600.000 ton bisa diserap industri dalam negeri sehingga lebih banyak nilai tambah yang bisa dinikmati.

Wakil Menteri Perdagangan Mahendra Siregar dan Wakil Menteri Pertanian Bayu Krisnamurthi mengatakan, pemerintah secara berlanjut mendukung upaya untuk meningkatkan pertumbuhan industri hilir kakao.

"Supaya nilai tambahnya tidak malah dinikmati negara lain," kata Bayu. Dukungan, menurut dia, antara lain diberikan melalui penghapusan pajak pertambahan nilai untuk hasil olahan kakao dan pengenaan bea keluar dalam ekspor biji kakao. Pemerintah, lanjut dia, sejak tahun 2007 juga menjalankan Gerakan Nasional (Gernas) Kakao untuk meningkatkan produksi biji kakao nasional. (ant)

Berita Pertanian : Deptan Jadikan Pakpak Bharat-Karo Model Laboratorium Litbang

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Medan. Kabupaten Karo dan Pakpak Bharat akan dijadikan sebagai model laboratorium penelitian dan pengembangan (Litbang) Departemen Pertanian (Deptan). Ini disebabkan kedua daerah tersebut memiliki potensi pertanian yang luar biasa baik tanaman pangan, hortikultura maupun perkebunan di samping dukungan yang besar dari kedua kepala daerah tersebut.

“Potensi yang ada ini belum tergarap secara maksimal baik dari segi kuantitas, kualitas, pasca panen (industri hilir) dan pemasaran. Karena itu, kedatangan kami ke Kabupaten Karo dan Pakpak Bharat ingin melihat secara dekat potensi apa yang bisa kita angkat untuk kemudian kita unggulkan,” kata Kepala Badan Litbang Pertanian kementerian Pertanian (Kementan) Haryono kepada wartawan, akhir pekan lalu di Medan.

Sejumlah pejabat Litbang yang ikut mendampingi Haryono yakni, Kepala Pusat (Kapus) Penelitian dan Pengembangan Tanaman Pangan Hasil Sembiring, Kapus Litbang Hortikultura Yusdar, Kepala Balai Besar Penelitian Veteriner Hardiman, Kepala Besar Pengembangan Mekanisasi Pertanian Astu Unadi, Kepala Besar Litbang Pasca Panen Rudy Tjahjohutomo dan Kepala Balai Pengelola Alih Teknologi Pertanian Agung Hendriadi.

Haryono mengatakan, dengan dijadikannya kedua daerah tersebut sebagai model laboratorium litbang, maka teknologi-teknologi yang dihasilkan oleh litbang Deptan akan langsung diterapkan sesuai dengan komoditasnya. “Jadi, kami akan mensurvei potensi-potensi apa yang ada untuk kita kembangkan dan dicarikan teknologinya,” kata Haryono sembari mengatakan, dukungan kedua kepala daerah tersebut untuk membangun pertanian sangat tinggi.

Mengenai komoditas yang akan dikembangkan di Pakpak Bharat, Bupati Pakpak Bharat Remigo Yolanda Berutu didampingi Asisten II Sustra Ginting dan Kepala Dinas Pertanian dan Perkebunan Mukhtar AW mengatakan, ada banyak komoditas pertanian baik tanaman pangan, hortikultura maupun perkebunan yang selama ini menjadi andalan daerah tersebut bisa dikembangkan.

Sebut saja, nilam, kopi, nenas dan gambir. “Komoditas pertanian yang bisa diunggulkan banyak tapi mulai tahun 2011 hingga 2015 mendatang, kami akan fokus pada pengembangan komoditas nilan, kopi, nenas dan gambir dengan tidak mengesampingkan komoditas lainnya,” kata Remigo.

Bahkan lanjut Remigo, untuk tahun 2011, pihaknya telah mengucurkan anggaran sebesar Rp 2 miliar untuk pengembangan satu juta gambir. Dan, sekarang sudah tahap pengadaan bibit untuk disalurkan ke masyarakat tani. “Jadi, gambir akan menjadi ikon Pakpak Bharat untuk dikembangkan. Selama ini gambir sudah dikenal di pasar luar negeri meskipun harga gambir di tingkat petani masih fluktuatif,” jelasnya.

Karena itu, untuk merangsang petani bersemangat mengembangkan gambir, Pemkab Pakpak Bharat kata Remigo akan mendirikan Badan Usaha Milik Daerah (BUMD) khusus menangani tata niaga gambir. Sehingga ketika harga anjlok dan merugikan petani, BUMD ini yang akan menampung hasil–hasil pertanian khususnya gambir petani.

Namun, sebelumnya, antara BUMD dengan petani akan dibuat perjanjian khusus pembelian gambir. “Tetapi bukan berarti petani tidak bisa menjual hasil panennya ke pasar. Jika harga pasar lebih baik, silakan petani menjualnya ke pasar,” katanya.

Sementara itu, Bupati Karo Kena Ukur Karo Jambi Surbakti didampingi Staf Peneliti dari Balai Pengkajian Teknologi Pertanian (BPTP) Medan Elianor Sembiring, mengatakan, pihaknya sangat mendukung pihak Litbang Deptan yang akan menjadikan Karo sebagai model laboratorium litbang.

Apalagi selama ini, lahan pertanian di Karo mulai gersang sehingga butuh pembenahan yang serius untuk meningkatkan hasil-hasil baik dari segi produksi mapun kualitas. “Namun yang paling penting adalah industrialisasi harus ada sehingga hasil pertanian dari Karo memiliki nilai jual yang lebih tinggi lagi,” jelasnya.

Awas! Bubuk Cokelat Palsu Berbahaya Beredar

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Jakarta. Bubuk cokelat (cocoa powder) palsu masih banyak beredar di Indonesia. Ini perlu disosialisasikan kepada masyarakat karena bubuk cokelat palsu yang terbuat dari biji kakao yang berbahaya bila dikonsumsi.

Demikian disampaikan Presiden Komisaris BT Cocoa, Piter Jasman dalam berita pers yang diterima detikFinance Senin (30/5).

"Akan disosialisasikan juga tentang cokelat yang sesungguhnya karena selama ini banyak beredar cocoa poder palsu yang terbuat dari biji kakao yang sebenarnya sangat berbahaya jika dikonsumsi manusia," katanya.

Menurut Piter, sosialisasi ini juga bertepatan dengan peresmian BT Chocolate Academy yang terletak di sekitar kawasan pabrik BT Cocoa. Selain itu, peresmian BT Chocolate Academy ini bertujuan untuk meningkatkan konsumsi cokelat yang masih sangat kecil di Indonesia yang hanya 0,2 kg per kapita per tahun.

Konsumsi cokelat di Indonesia masih tergolong kecil bila dibandingkan dengan konsumsi cokelat di negara-negara Eropa yang mencapai lebih dari 10 kg per kapita per tahun.

"Diharapkan konsumsi cokelat di Indonesia yang selama ini masih rendah yaitu hanya sekitar 0,2 kg per kapita per tahun dapat terus meningkat," ujarnya.

"Sementara tingkat konsumsi cokelat di negara-negara Eropa saat ini suda lebih dari 10 kg per kapita per tahun," tuturnya.

BT Chocolate Academy diresmikan oleh 4 wakil menteri yaitu, Wakil Menteri (Wamen) Pertanian, Wamen Perindustrian, Wamen Perdagangan, dan Wamen Pendidikan Nasional.

BT Cocoa juga bertujuan untuk memberikan pengetahuan tentang cokelat dan cara mengolah kakao agar dapat menjadi minuman yang lezat dan nikmat. Indonesia adalah produsen biji kakao terbesar ketiga di dunia setelah Pantai Gading dan Ghana. Nilai devisa negara yang dihasilkan dari ekspor kakao di 2010 mencapai US$ 1,59 miliar.

Biodiesel effects

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Gushan Environmental Energy Management Discusses Q1 2011 Results - Earnings ...
Seeking Alpha - ‎May 26, 2011‎
Cost of revenues for the biodiesel business totaled $4.8 million in the first quarter of 2011, representing a decrease of 70.3% year-to-year and an increase of 28.7% from the fourth quarter of 2010. Excluding the effects of the provision for ...
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Research and Markets: Biofuels. Alternative Feedstocks and Conversion Processes
Business Wire (press release) - ‎May 27, 2011‎
Fermentation Inhibitors in ethanol processes and different strategies to reduce their effects (MJ Taherzadeh and K. Karimi). 14. Biotechnological methods to produce biodiesel (DM Guimaraes Freire, JS de Sousa and E. d'Avila Cavalcanti-Oliveira). 15. ...
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Study: US Biofuel Production Does Not Cause Indirect Land Use Change
Wisconsin Ag Connection - ‎May 20, 2011‎
"There are two feasible dependent conclusions that might be drawn from this interpretation: 1) crop intensification may have absorbed the effects of expanding US biofuel production or 2) the effects of US biofuel production expansion may be simply ...
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Training Program Raises Awareness of Advanced Biodiesels
TruckTrend Magazine - Erick Ayapana - ‎May 27, 2011‎
Ford, for example, has extensively tested the use of B20 biodiesel in its F-series trucks and has addressed and redesigned any components found to be susceptible to biodiesel. it also claims that there are no negative effects on fuel economy or engine ...

Biodiesel effects on the environment

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City wants more data on energy plan
The Keene Sentinel - ‎May 27, 2011‎
Blatchly did express some skepticism about the company's claims that the product of the trash gasification plant could be converted into “synthetic biodiesel.” “That's the part I couldn't understand chemically,” he said. Gasifying trash would produce a ...
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Homogenous Catalyst and Effects on Multifeedstock Processing
Biodiesel Magazine - Raj Mosali, Sharath Bobbili - ‎May 13, 2011‎
Biodiesel is currently produced via transesterification of triglycerides with an alcohol such as methanol. The transesterification of triglycerides comprises of three sequential, reversible reactions ...
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Bioenergy driving toward more efficient energy future
Western Farm Press - ‎May 27, 2011‎
In 2010, the US biodiesel industry produced 160 million gallons of biodiesel from soybean oil, which co-produced enough soybean meal for 48 billion rations of protein like those used in global hunger programs. Biodiesel is helping to drive new ...
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Biodiesel leading way on cleaning up diesel exhaust
Western Farm Press - ‎May 13, 2011‎
Biodiesel emissions show decreased levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) and nitrated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (nPAH), which have been identified as potential cancer causing compounds. In Health Effects testing, PAH compounds were ...

Biodiesel effect on engine

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SinterCast Results January - March 2011
Reuters (press release) - ‎May 4, 2011‎
The 16.4 litre engine satisfies Euro 5 emissions, is 100% biodiesel compatible, and meets EEV (Enhanced Environmentally Friendly Vehicle) standards. The demand for field trials has begun to increase and SinterCast has committed to conduct five trials ...
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Biodiesel leading way on cleaning up diesel exhaust
Western Farm Press - ‎May 13, 2011‎
Nitrogen Oxides - NOx emissions from biodiesel increase or decrease depending on the engine family and testing procedures. NOx emissions (a contributing factor in the localized formation of smog and ozone) from pure (100 percent) biodiesel increase on ...
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Adding nanoparticles `makes for friendly biofuels`
Environmental Expert (press release) - ‎May 11, 2011‎
The researchers said that the effect of alumina nanoadditives on biodiesel emulsion fuels with a higher proportion of water is yet to be investigated for performance and emissions in diesel engines. 'Biofuels like Jatropha, Pongamia, castor, ...
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Renewables could meet 80% of global energy demand
REVE - Zoë Casey - ‎May 17, 2011‎
The annual production of ethanol increased to 1.6 EJ (76 billion litres) by the end of 2009 and biodiesel to 0.6 EJ (17 billion litres). Of the approximate 300 GW of new electricity generating capacity added globally over the twoyear period from 2008 ...

Biodiesel efficiency rate

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What the City is doing - Air
Calgary Herald - ‎May 24, 2011
We reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 540 tonnes by using biodiesel in heavy equipment like garbage and recycling trucks. We have 147 light vehicles (hybrids and Smart cars) with high fuel efficiency ratings. We are testing a hybrid garbage truck to ...
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Ethanol, biodiesel and bio-products from algae?
Oh-Yay - David Harvey - ‎May 25, 2011‎
The BIOfuel From Algae Technologies (BIOFAT) project, largely funded by the European Commission's Seventh Framework Program, aims to demonstrate that biofuels made from microalgae can offer energy efficiency, economic viability and environmental ...
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Area class turns kitchen oil into biodiesel fuel
Bloomington Pantagraph - ‎May 29, 2011‎
“We learned about energy efficiency and how to solve problems,” Miller said. Chris Beard gained a lot from the class, and expects to use the knowledge when he enters Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington this fall.
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Microalgae to biofuel project set to generate new energy
Plant Engineer - ‎May 24, 2011‎
The BIOfuel From Algae Technologies (BIOFAT) project, largely funded by the European Commission's seventh framework programme, aims to demonstrate that biofuels made from microalgae can offer energy efficiency, economic viability and environmental ...

Girl Scout Cookies and Palm Oil

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Who doesn't love Girl Scout Cookies? I know every year around the same time I start getting those cravings for Samoas and Tagalongs. BUT did you know that in 2006 the Girl Scouts decided to reduce the amount of trans fat from their cookies by replacing the ingredients with palm oil. Two young Girl Scouts started a campaign a few years back to remove palm oil from the cookies or to use only sustainably grown palm oil. The problem with that, however, is only 6% of palm oil is grown sustainably. The Girl Scouts claim that they cannot create new recipes for the cookies and that they have to be made with palm oil. A very good point from the article states, "Girl Scout cookies have been made since 1917 and palm oil was only added in 2006. There must have been a recipe sometime in the last 94 years that had neither palm oil nor trans-fats."


What will you do when Girl Scout cookie season comes along? Support a foundation that has been around for almost 100 years or support our environment that is continuously being bulldozed for an unnecessary ingredient? 


http://eatdrinkbetter.com/2011/05/30/palm-oil-and-the-girl-scouts-is-there-a-sustainable-solution/

Biodiesel efficiency

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Aurora team takes top seed in fuel efficiency at car contest
Aurora Advertiser - May 25, 2011‎
For the third year in a row, Aurora students were on the top in fuel efficiency. High school students participated in the alternative fuels category with a vehicle running on B20 biodiesel and averaged 245 miles per gallon -- with a high run of 275 mpg ...
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Area class turns kitchen oil into biodiesel fuel
Bloomington Pantagraph - May 25, 2011‎
“We learned about energy efficiency and how to solve problems,” Miller said. Chris Beard gained a lot from the class, and expects to use the knowledge when he enters Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington this fall.
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What the City is doing - Air
Calgary Herald - ‎May 25, 2011‎
We reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 540 tonnes by using biodiesel in heavy equipment like garbage and recycling trucks. We have 147 light vehicles (hybrids and Smart cars) with high fuel efficiency ratings. We are testing a hybrid garbage truck to ...
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Ethanol, biodiesel and bio-products from algae?
Oh-Yay - David Harvey - ‎May 25, 2011‎
The BIOfuel From Algae Technologies (BIOFAT) project, largely funded by the European Commission's Seventh Framework Program, aims to demonstrate that biofuels made from microalgae can offer energy efficiency, economic viability and environmental ...

Biodiesel eeca

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Biodiesel New Zealand expands distribution of B20, B100 biodiesel
Biofuels Digest - ‎May 24, 2011‎
More than 80 commercial customers in the region have expressed an interest in using the fuel and feedback from a recent EECA-organised information seminar indicates Nelson has a large motivated group promoting positive environmental change.
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Biodiesel New Zealand establishes Nelson distribution hub
Scoop.co.nz (press release) - ‎May 17, 2011‎
More than 80 commercial customers in the region have expressed an interest in using the fuel and feedback from a recent EECA-organised information seminar indicates Nelson has a large motivated group promoting positive environmental change. ...

Biodiesel eer

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The dangerous subsidies bubble
Moneylife Personal Finance site and magazine - William Gamble - ‎May 15, 2011‎
As China's economy begins to make up an ever larger share of the world's economy, demand from China makes up an ever larger share of the demand for commodities. If Chinese demand were based on a straight market, it might be predictable, but it is not. ...
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USDA Rural Development offers funding to increase access to biofuels in Illinois
Carmi Times - ‎May 24, 2011‎
"We have worked for years to find ways to economically produce ethanol, biodiesel and other bio-based fuel, and we've been pretty successful," Callahan said. "The missing link has been affordable technology for pumps that can handle biofuel. ...
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Branstad signs law providing biofuel incentives
DesMoinesRegister.com - Dan Piller - ‎May 27, 2011‎
... in 2010 declined to create a state mandate for ethanol use. The biodiesel industry was jump-started this year when Congress renewed the $1-per-gallon tax credit and also imposed a first-ever mandate of 800 million gallons of biodiesel use in 2011.
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Students Build School Bus That Runs on Used Cooking Oil
autoevolution - ‎May 15, 2011‎
With the help of American manufacturer Ford, a group from the Georgia Institute of Technology embarked on a mission that will lead to the creation the first ever hydraulic hybrid school bus conversion in the US. Financed through a $50000 Ford College ...
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Danville company proposes new use for tobacco
Richmond Times Dispatch - ‎May 11, 2011‎
A new company says that its tobacco will be genetically modified to produce "both ethanol and biodiesel at yields that far surpass the traditional crops of corn and soy." And far more plants can be planted compared with smoking-grade tobacco, it says. ...

Biodiesel edmonton alberta

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Restaurateur keeps the neon glowing at Save-on-Meats
Vancouver Sun - Malcolm Parry - ‎May 12, 2011‎
She hopes others will launch in Victoria and Edmonton, and additional ones in Vancouver and Calgary, before WPO delegates meet in Atlanta, Ga., next year. With residences in Langley and Sun Peaks, Mowat disposed of her Abbotsford-based promotions and ...

Biodiesel edible oils

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Bakery waste turned into alternative fuel source
British Baker - ‎May 25, 2011‎
Fats and oils from waste pies, sausages rolls and pastries are being extracted to make bio-diesel in a project that is expected to be rolled out across the UK. Road fuel supplier Greenergy has teamed up with Brocklesby, a specialist in recycling edible ...
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Brocklesby joins £50m Greenergy pasty project
Insider Media - ‎May 16, 2011‎
Greenergy already uses more than 20 million litres a month of biodiesel from used cooking oil. The company said it wants to extend its use of the products and is now beginning to make biodiesel from high fat solid foods such as pies, sausage rolls, ...
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Edible oils down on weak global trend
Business Standard - ‎May 23, 2011‎
Trading sentiments in edible oils turned bearish after palm oil declined in Malaysia, ending the longest rally in more than two months, and as falling crude oil prices reduced the appeal of the commodity as a source of biofuel. Meanwhile, palm oil for ...

Biodiesel education grants

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Briefs: Forest City biodiesel plant gets $1.5 million award
DesMoinesRegister.com - ‎May 12, 2011‎
Growth Design Energy will use second-generation refining technologies with nonfood waste oils to produce 3 million gallons of biodiesel annually. Grant funds of $699500 will assist the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service to expand existing Green Corps ...
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Workshop will examine alternative fuels
Modern Bulk Transporter - ‎May 24, 2011‎
The Alternative Fuels Trade Alliance comprises PERC, the Renewable Fuels Association, National Biodiesel Foundation, and Clean Vehicle Education Foundation. Each collaborative workshop involves one or more of the Energy Department's Clean Cities ...
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Wind Tech Program receives equipment donation worth $225000
Hometown Focus - ‎May 26, 2011‎
In addition, the PI System will be utilized by the Electrical and Industrial Automation program to monitor data associated with their biodiesel processors. The OSIsoft PI System is the industry standard in enterprise infrastructure for management of ...
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Houston County School System wins clean air award
The Warner Robins Patriot - Drew Bollea - ‎May 26, 2011‎
Houston County uses biodiesel in its buses when available and has implemented a five-minute maximum idle policy for non-handicap buses. GPS software is also used to monitor idle time and route efficiency. In addition, Houston County has received grants ...
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DEP to Hold Two Alternative Energy Workshops for Teachers
PR Newswire (press release) - ‎May 13, 2011‎
Participants will learn about solar- and wind-power generation as well as alternative fuel sources, such as biodiesel, compressed natural gas and hybrid engines. The workshops will also educate teachers about DEP's Environmental Education grants, ...
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Ford and Georgia Tech Partner on "Green Eco School Bus" - Nation's First ...
PR Newswire (press release) - ‎May 13, 2011‎
Innovation in education is encouraged through national programs that enhance high school learning and provide college scholarships and university grants. Through the Ford Volunteer Corps, more than 25000 Ford employees and retirees each year work on ...

DPRD dan Polres Rohul Belum Terima Laporan

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Senin, 30 Mei 2011 16:52
Terus Bertahan di Disnakerduk Rohul,

Puluhan buruh PT SAM II sudah lebih sepekan bertahan di Kantor Dinas Tenaga Kerja dan Kependukan Rohul. Sampai saat ini masalah tersebut belum dilaporkan ke DPRD dan Polres setempat.

Riauterkini-PASIRPANGARAIAN- Terkait pemecatan sepihak yang dilakukan manajemen perusahaan. Nasib puluhan mantan buruh PT.Subur Arum Makmur (SAM) II, Desa Pauh, Kecamatan Bonaidarussalam, Rokan Hulu, belum jelas sampai sekarang ini.

Sudah sepekan puluhan mantan buruh PT.SAM II, termasuk anak-anak ini, menginap di Kantor Disnakeduk dan Capil. Belum seorang pun anggota DPRD menemui mereka, dan memanggil pihak perusahaan. Pun, Polres Rokan Hulu menolak laporan para buruh.

Sudah sepekan bertahan, kondisi mereka mulai memprihatinkan. Selain mengalami penyakit demam, flu, dan gatal-gatal akibat tidak berganti pakaian mulai menyerang mereka. Begitu juga persediaan makanan mereka mulai kandas, sehingga terancam puasa.

Sudah sepekan bertahan, berbagai pihak terkesan tutup mata dan tidak mau tahu. Seperti halnya Anggota DPRD Rokan Hulu, sejauh ini belum satu pun anggota yang peduli melihat kondisi mereka di penampungan.

Terang T Rusli S.Sos, Ketua Komisi III DPRD Rokan Hulu, hearing belum digelar, sebab belum ada laporan resmi dari Disnakerduk dan Capil. Jika sudah ada laporan, maka DPRD secepatnya akan panggil pihak manajemen PT.SAM II.

“Kami sudah tahu ada buruh yang menginap di Kantor Disnakerduk dan Capil lewat media, namun belum melihat kondisinya. Pun, surat pemberitahuan belum kita terima dari Disnakerduk dan Capil,” kata Rusli, Anggota DPRD dari Fraksi Golkar ini, kepada Riauterkini, Senin (30/5/11).

Dilain tempat, Haposan Siregar SH, Kabid Hubungan Industri dan Pengawasan Disnakerduk dan Capil Rokan Hulu, mengaku dari segi teknis pihaknya sudah berusaha kerjakan kembali puluhan mantan buruh PT.SAM II ini di dua perusahaan yang ada di wilayah kerjanya.

Kendalanya, kedua perusahaan minta agar alat-alat rumah tangga, dan pakaian buruh, dikeluarkan dahulu, sehingga para buruh ini bisa bekerja baik di perusahaan tersebut.

Kata Haposan, permasalahan inilah yang menjadi dilema. Alat-alat rumah tangga, surat-surat penting, dan pakaian buruh, termasuk pakaian sekolah anak-anaknya, sengaja ditahan PT.SAM II di satu tempat. Pihak perusahaan sendiri baru berikan barang-barang yang ditahannya, jika buruh mau menandatangani surat pengunduran diri yang sudah disusun sebelumnya oleh pihak perusahaan.

Mendengar itu, Senin (30/5/11), pihak Disnakerduk dan Capil langsung kirimkan laporan ke anggota dewan. Dijadwalkan, Rabu (1/6/11) depan, akan digelar hearing, antara mantan buruh, manajemen PT.SAM II, Disnakerduk dan Capil, serta pihak DPRD Rokan Hulu.

Pihak Disnakerduk berharap, pihak kepolisian bisa bekerjasama untuk selesaikan permasalahan penahanan pakaian para mantan buruh PT.SAM II ini. Namun Polres terkesan saling lempar tangan dan tidak mau menerima laporan buruh. Alasannya, buruh disuruh menunggu Kasat Reskrim Polres yang sedang berada di lapangan. Dari penolakan ini, para buruh ini tidak tahu akan melapor lagi kemana.

“Inilah yang menjadi dilema. Jika manajemen PT.SAM II mau keluarkan barang-barang, surat, dan pakaian. Tentu, para buruh sudah bekerja di perusahaan yang mau menampung mereka. Kendalanya, perusahaan minta para buruh ini tandangani berkas kesepakatan mengundurkan diri. Untuk itu diharapkan kerjasama pihak kepolisian dalam hal ini,” kata Haposan, Senin.

Dikonfirmasi wartawan via selulernya, Kepala Polres Rokan Hulu, AKBP Yudi Kurniawan SIK,M.Si, mengaku sejauh ini pihaknya belum terima laporan dari mantan buruh PT.SAM II yang menginap di Kantor Disnakerduk dan Capil Rokan Hulu.

Untuk melapor, Kapolres Yudi arahkan para buruh melapor ke bagian Sentra Pelayanan Kepolisan (SPK) Polres Rokan Hulu. Tapi tetap, laporan buruh tersebut tidak digubris, dan diminta menunggu Kasat Reskrim Polres yang sedang berada di lapangan.***(zal)

Biodiesel edible

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Greenergy begins biodiesel production from food waste
istockAnalyst.com (press release) - ‎May 10, 2011‎
(Source: Datamonitor)Greenergy, a UK-based supplier of low-emission fuels, has started producing biodiesel from food waste. In a partnership with Brocklesby Ltd, a specialist in recycling edible oils, unsaleable food products such as crisps and pies, ...
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SG Biofuels Signs Customers for 250000 Acres of Hybrid Jatropha Seed
PR Newswire (press release) - ‎May 16, 2011‎
Jatropha is a non-edible energy crop that produces large volumes of sustainable plant oil used for biodiesel, bio jet fuel and specialty chemicals. The JMax™ hybrid seeds on average provide double the yield of existing commercial varieties planted in ...
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Bakery waste turned into alternative fuel source
British Baker - ‎May 25, 2011‎
Fats and oils from waste pies, sausages rolls and pastries are being extracted to make bio-diesel in a project that is expected to be rolled out across the UK. Road fuel supplier Greenergy has teamed up with Brocklesby, a specialist in recycling edible ...
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Brocklesby joins £50m Greenergy pasty project
Insider Media - ‎May 16, 2011‎
The company has teamed up with Brough-based Brocklesby, which specialises in recovering edible oils, to convert unsaleable food items into biofuel. High-fat solid foods such as pasties and pies, which would previously have gone to landfill or compost, ...

biodiesel eductor

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Weis: Thinking Green
Vermont Public Radio - Russ Weis, Betty Smith-Mastaler - ‎May 5, 2011‎
Now, I get that it can be tough to install solar panels or convert our cars to biodiesel. Or to buy shade-grown coffee or even to buy local on a regular basis. However, it's not all that hard to bring along reusable canvas bags when you're shopping, ...
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Litchfield High School Will Add 'Enrichment' Period Next Fall
thejournal-news.net - ‎May 11, 2011‎
Under the consent agenda, board members approved the monthly fuel bid from M&M Service Company in Carlinville for $3.811 per gallon for unleaded and $3.656 per gallon for biodiesel. Allison made note that the fuel bids rose 80 cents over April's costs. ...
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Tech Sector Losses Pushed the NASDAQ in Red Zone
Galaxy Stocks - ‎May 6, 2011‎
It can be converted to other useable forms of energy, such as methane gas or transportation fuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel. Being the main ingredient of natural gas Methane is a smelly stuff, like rotting garbage, and agricultural and human waste ...

Biodiesel education program

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Earth Day Network, The UPS Foundation Launch First Large-Scale School ...
3BL Media (press release) - ‎May 11, 2011‎
... in partnership with The UPS Foundation, today unveiled the first large-scale biodiesel production facility at a school in the region, as the centerpiece of Newton North High School's showcase Biodiesel Production and Education Program. ...
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Workshop will examine alternative fuels
Modern Bulk Transporter - ‎May 24, 2011‎
The Alternative Fuels Trade Alliance comprises PERC, the Renewable Fuels Association, National Biodiesel Foundation, and Clean Vehicle Education Foundation. Each collaborative workshop involves one or more of the Energy Department's Clean Cities ...
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Briefs: Forest City biodiesel plant gets $1.5 million award
DesMoinesRegister.com - ‎May 12, 2011‎
They will support the training of Iowa veterans to implement statewide energy efficiency improvements for low income, elderly and veterans' homes, using energy audits, weatherization and energy efficiency education and outreach. ...

Biodiesel education

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Workshop will examine alternative fuels
Modern Bulk Transporter - ‎May 24, 2011‎
The Alternative Fuels Trade Alliance comprises PERC, the Renewable Fuels Association, National Biodiesel Foundation, and Clean Vehicle Education Foundation. Each collaborative workshop involves one or more of the Energy Department's Clean Cities ...
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Rants and Raves: Stress safe driving
Montgomery Advertiser - ‎May 28, 2011‎
Another example refuting that shortsighted view was recently reported in Calhoun County, where the highway department is using biodiesel fuel made from used cooking oil to supplement its fuel needs. Managers say the biodiesel fuel saves the county ...
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Briefs: Forest City biodiesel plant gets $1.5 million award
DesMoinesRegister.com - ‎May 12, 2011‎
They will support the training of Iowa veterans to implement statewide energy efficiency improvements for low income, elderly and veterans' homes, using energy audits, weatherization and energy efficiency education and outreach. ...

Biodiesel edinburgh

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SMEs: go green, stay in the race
Greenwise Business - ‎May 25, 2011‎
The company has since invested in electric and biodiesel vehicles to stay ahead of the pack. This shift, from "we will…" to "we have done…" is an important one. Muckle LLP, a law firm in Newcastle upon Tyne, is finding that even for legal services it ...
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Aire, vegetales y orina, las alternativas de la gasolina
Univisión - ‎May 9, 2011‎
Biodiesel: Es otro biocombustible que se produce a partir de grasas vegetales o el reciclado de grasas de los restaurantes y puede funcionar en cualquier auto con motor diesel. De acuerdo con algunos expertos, se requiere de una pequeña modificación al ...

biodiesel ec

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European Commission funds international algae collaboration
Biodiesel Magazine - Bryan Sims - ‎May 25, 2011‎
An international collaboration of nine partners from seven countries has come together to form The BIOfuel Algae Technologies Project (BIOFAT) that focuses on the feasibility of producing ethanol, biodiesel and other ...
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EU biodiesel firms probe new loophole on US import duties
Platts - ‎May 9, 2011‎
"We've seen some shipments [of biodiesel] to India from the US and at around the same time exports from India to Europe, this all looks relatively suspicious to say the least." The EC launched an investigation in August last year to determine whether ...
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EC funds project to produce ethanol, biodiesel, bioproducts
Ethanol Producer Magazine - ‎May 24, 2011‎
By Hart Energy | May 24, 2011 Nine partners from seven countries have joined in an innovative project to show that ethanol, biodiesel and bioproducts can be produced from algae on a large scale. The BIOfuel From Algae Technologies (BIOFAT) project, ...

biodiesel economic effects

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FutureFuel Reports First Quarter 2011 Results
PR Newswire (press release) - ‎May 9, 2011‎
In addition, while the lingering effects of the challenging economy on the small business sector have resulted in continued pressure on FutureFuel, our increase in revenues in the first quarter of 2011 is an encouraging sign of economic improvement as -----------------------------------------------------------
Boosters see Northwest future in aviation biofuel
BusinessWeek - ‎May 27, 2011‎
"Airlines are particularly vulnerable to oil price volatility, and the aviation community must address this issue to maintain economic growth and further mitigate the environmental impacts of our industry." So far, biofuel has not offered price ...
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Diesel From Soy Sparks $560 Million Investment by ADM, Cargill
Bloomberg - Stephan Nielsen - ‎May 6, 2011‎
Only biodiesel projects with access to cheap raw materials, like soybean and animal fats, or “at minimum, ownership over a seed crushing plant,” make economic sense, Keller said. “I'd only build a project if I had access to the feedstock for the next ...

Biodiesel ecological

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Growing a green fuel industry in Australia
ScienceAlert - Joely Taylor - ‎May 5, 2011‎
Indeed, the fuel tax credit regime actually limits the use of biodiesel,' she says. However, change is in the air. 'We have a number of oil majors participating and investing in the alternative fuels space,' says Ms Brodie. ...
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Renewables could meet 80% of global energy demand
REVE - Zoë Casey - ‎May 17, 2011‎
The annual production of ethanol increased to 1.6 EJ (76 billion litres) by the end of 2009 and biodiesel to 0.6 EJ (17 billion litres). Of the approximate 300 GW of new electricity generating capacity added globally over the twoyear period from 2008 ...
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A Fishy Future? Interview with a Recirculating Aquaculturist—Red Herring
Infoshop News - Flint Arthur - ‎May 7, 2011‎
The idea of growing algae is also becoming popular -- algae capture sunlight, and their oil can be extracted to use in making biodiesel. But it's difficult to design a factory system that mimics a wild ecosystem in a regular, beneficial way, ...
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Les agrocarburants : vrai ou faux bonus pour la planète ?
Terra eco - ‎May 3, 2011‎
Le rapport cite l'exemple d'une expérience de réorganisation de terres au Brésil (« Agro-Ecological Zoning of Sugar Cane »). En faisant passer la densité des bêtes de 1 à 1,56 à l'hectare, on pourrait gagner 60 millions d'hectares utilisables à la fois ...

biodiesel ecology

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Rock the Green this fall
OnMilwaukee.com - ‎May 17, 2011‎
The festival will be powered on clean energy (ie solar and biodiesel), all disposable items will be compostable, an on-site green team will work at waste recovery stations throughout the festival grounds and a free bike valet service will be available ...
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'Blue Legacy' Reaps Rewards
New University Online - Gilberto Cardenas - ‎May 10, 2011‎
The ceremony included speeches by School of Social Ecology Dean Valerie Jenness, Chancellor Michael Drake, CUSA Director Richard Matthew and a keynote address by Alexandra Cousteau herself. Granddaughter of the celebrated undersea explorer Jacques-Yves ...
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Toda la selva húmeda nativa del sureste asiático desaparecéra en 2030
La Flecha - ‎May 17, 2011‎
Los resultados han sido publicados en Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment y muestran que las zonas pantanosas han caído desde el 77% al área original a un 36% entre 1990 y 2010. A ese ritmo el bosque pantanoso desaparecerá en dos décadas. ...

Biodiesel economic advantages

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US biodiesel industry produced 160 million gallons of biodiesel from soybean oil..
Edible Oil Report - ‎May 28, 2011‎
Common solutions exist to increase food and energy security simultaneously, while providing economic and environmental benefits to society.Biofuel feedstocks or residue use should be considered from a cropping system's perspective and not just as a ...
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Ethanol, biodiesel and bio-products from algae?
Oh-Yay - David Harvey - ‎May 25, 2011‎
The BIOfuel From Algae Technologies (BIOFAT) project, largely funded by the European Commission's Seventh Framework Program, aims to demonstrate that biofuels made from microalgae can offer energy efficiency, economic viability and environmental ...
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Bioenergy driving toward more efficient energy future
Western Farm Press - ‎May 27, 2011‎
Biodiesel is helping to drive new technology, crop diversity and more efficient use of our resources. Common solutions exist to increase food and energy security simultaneously, while providing economic and environmental benefits to society. ...
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The dangerous subsidies bubble
Moneylife Personal Finance site and magazine - William Gamble - ‎3 hours ago‎
It sounds great to most citizens, because they often only see the benefits without assessing the costs, which people assume are borne by someone else. The reality is that subsidies are always borne by taxpayers in one form or another. ...
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Biochemical engineering: Chewing the fat
R & D Magazine - ‎May 27, 2011‎
Conventional chemical processes for producing biodiesel, however, require pure and refined feedstock oils, thus negating any potential advantages. To get around this problem, Md. Mahabubur Rahman Talukder and co-workers at the A*STAR Institute of ...
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European Commission Funds Global Project to Produce Ethanol, Biodiesel and ...
PR Newswire (press release) - ‎May 24, 2011‎
The BIOfuel From Algae Technologies (BIOFAT) project, largely funded by the European Commission's Seventh Framework Program, aims to demonstrate that biofuels made from microalgae can offer energy efficiency, economic viability and environmental ...

biodiesel economically feasible

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USDA Rural Development offers funding to increase access to biofuels in Illinois
Carmi Times - ‎May 24, 2011‎
"We have worked for years to find ways to economically produce ethanol, biodiesel and other bio-based fuel, and we've been pretty successful," Callahan said. "The missing link has been affordable technology for pumps that can handle biofuel. ...
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MUN Researching Feasibility of Fish Fuels
VOCM - ‎May 16, 2011‎
Hawboldt says the research will go a long way into making biofuels feasible for the province. If all works according to plan, small communities and companies will be able to generate biofuel on-site -- something Hawboldt says is both economically and ...
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Lorne Gunter: Ontarians will pay dearly for McGuinty's 'green' energy fantasy
National Post - ‎May 6, 2011‎
If only enough tax dollars could be used to subsidize the construction of wind farms and solar panels and algae ponds for biodiesel, eventually there would be enough of these clean sources to make them economically viable competitors to coal and oil. ...
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WERF Encouraged By Recent Legislation On Defense Biofuel
Water Online (press release) - ‎May 18, 2011‎
... markets and demand have never existed to make large-scale production economically desirable." The Domestic Fuel for Enhancing National Security Act of 2011 could create sustained demand making investment in taking the technology to market feasible. ...
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Biofuels - Establishing reliable frameworks
FM.co.za - Lise Pretorius - ‎May 4, 2011‎
“The higher the crude oil price, the more economically feasible it becomes to use alternative fuel.” “We'll see progress once the department of energy has concluded the study on pricing,” says Fani Tshifularo, executive director at the SA Petroleum ...
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Renewables could meet 80% of global energy demand
REVE - Zoë Casey - ‎May 17, 2011‎
The annual production of ethanol increased to 1.6 EJ (76 billion litres) by the end of 2009 and biodiesel to 0.6 EJ (17 billion litres). Of the approximate 300 GW of new electricity generating capacity added globally over the twoyear period from 2008 ...
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Bernalillo Co. program loans Incitor LLC $30K
New Mexico Business Weekly - Kevin Robinson-Avila - ‎May 12, 2011‎
A local startup with a patent-pending process to turn biomass into biofuel received a $30000 boost from the Bernalillo County Economic Development Department. Incitor LLC, which launched in 2007, received assistance through the Revolving Loan Fund, ...

Biodiesel economic impact

Posted by Flora Sawita

Research and Markets: Biofuels. Alternative Feedstocks and Conversion Processes
Business Wire (press release) - ‎May 27, 2011‎
In addition to the above, they also have a reduced environmental impact in comparison to fossil fuels. Biofuels provides state-of-the-art information on the status of biofuel production and related aspects. 1. Principles of biorefineries (F. Cherubini
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Boosters see Northwest future in aviation biofuel
BusinessWeek - ‎May 27, 2011‎
"Airlines are particularly vulnerable to oil price volatility, and the aviation community must address this issue to maintain economic growth and further mitigate the environmental impacts of our industry." So far, biofuel has not offered price ...
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Diesel From Soy Sparks $560 Million Investment by ADM, Cargill
Bloomberg - Stephan Nielsen - ‎May 6, 2011‎
Only biodiesel projects with access to cheap raw materials, like soybean and animal fats, or “at minimum, ownership over a seed crushing plant,” make economic sense, Keller said. “I'd only build a project if I had access to the feedstock for the next
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All Good Music Festival and Campout Ready To Take Off
WSAZ-TV - Steve Eschleman - ‎May 26, 2011‎
And the economic impact of such a crowd is considerable. All Good creator Tim Walther says a recent study by AC Entertainment states the festival's 2010 economic impact on West Virginia was $2.1 million in direct spending with almost $400000 of that ...
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GUSHAN EN ADR : Gushan Environmental Energy Limited Announces First Quarter of ...
4-traders (press release) - ‎May 26, 2011‎
The relocation of the Sichuan plant, together with the new plant, will result in a combined annual biodiesel production capacity of 100000 tons for Sichuan Gushan. Furthermore, to help mitigate the potential adverse impact from the consumption tax ...

Biodiesel economic analysis

Posted by Flora Sawita

FutureFuel Reports First Quarter 2011 Results
PR Newswire (press release) - ‎May 9, 2011‎
Increased revenues in the first quarter of 2011 compared to the first quarter of 2010 from the biofuels segment resulted from increased regional sales of blended biodiesel and unblended petrodiesel. The volumes of biodiesel and blended biodiesel sold ...
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Growing a green fuel industry in Australia
ScienceAlert - Joely Taylor - ‎May 5, 2011‎
New, 'second-generation' biofuel production technologies developed around the world are being assessed for their technical and economic feasibility. These second-generation technologies (see first box below) convert lignocellulosic1 biomass to a range ...
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Analysis: Bioethanol may win in crunch time for EU biofuels
IBTimes Hong Kong - ‎May 17, 2011‎
The debate over biodiesel, however, looks set to rage on. A farmer harvests a field of wheat in Hirson, northern France, August 6 2009. Subscribe to The Economic Monitor to get the day's most relevant news, data and anlaysis . ...
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Reflections Before the Collapse of Oil - Jan Lundberg interviewed in Shanghai ...
The People's Voice - Beilei Jin - ‎May 10, 2011‎
The supply of biodiesel however, has gotten tighter in California due to its recent cheaper-then-petroleum price, causing a run on the biodiesel. So the price has to be raised further for biodiesel, just so supply does not quickly dry up. ...

biodiesel economy

Posted by Flora Sawita

Iowa Governor Signs Bill to Boost Ethanol and Biodiesel
Domestic Fuel - Cindy Zimmerman - ‎May 26, 2011‎
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has made good on a promise he made to the state's renewable fuels industry back in January to revitalize Iowa's rural economy by boosting sales of ethanol and production of biodiesel. “I want to work with the legislature to ...
Back in business: Iowa governor signs biodiesel legislation
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Kitchen grease fuels House bill
Charlotte Observer - Anne Blythe - ‎May 26, 2011‎
The oil will be turned into biodiesel fuel. SHAWN ROCCO - srocco@newsobserver.com Yellow kitchen grease has become as good as gold as gasoline prices soar and biodiesel fuel becomes more appealing. Just as one industry's waste becomes a hot commodity ...
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Branstad takes budget debate to Iowans on campaign-style tour
Eastern Iowa Government - James Q. Lynch - ‎May 28, 2011‎
The strength of Iowa's farm economy is a source of optimism for Branstad. That's quite a turnaround from the farm crisis years when he was governor in the 1980s. Then agriculture was the weakest part of the economy and the state struggled. ...

Biodiesel economics

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Convenience stores to mushroom
Bangkok Post - ‎May 23, 2011‎
Rising demand for alternative energy including biodiesel and ethanol has turned more farmers to energy crops such as oil palm, maize, and soybean. Moreover, prices of farm products will continue to rise due to huge demand for agricultural products ...
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Grand Forks, ND 58201 US
RenewableEnergyWorld.com - ‎May 26, 2011‎
Agricultural residues, straw, grass, animal wastes and algae have many near-term uses now, as seen in the ethanol and biodiesel industry. Biomass '11 brings together all levels of industry professionals, from research and development, to financial ...
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Battle brewing over biofuels' future
USA Today - Philip Brasher - ‎May 7, 2011‎
Except for biodiesel or a product called renewable diesel that's made from animal fats, drop-in fuels are still well in the future, especially any made from biomass. The Energy Information Administration doesn't forecast the country using more than a ...
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'Inquiry' online journal features articles on UNH students' research experiences
Foster's Daily Democrat - Katy Sternberger - ‎May 13, 2011‎
He then extracted the oils from the algae, which can be used to produce biodiesel. Other articles featured in this issue of Inquiry include projects from nursing, history, economics, physics and international affairs. For instance, Ella Nilsen's ...
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Solazyme Pre-IPO Report: Synthetic Nanobiology Comes of Age
Seeking Alpha - ‎May 19, 2011‎
Professor James Richardson, an agricultural economics professor at Texas A&M, has evaluated many different types of conventional algae technology using advanced statistical techniques. Dr. Richardson's research shows that most conventional biofuel

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