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Forests are nature’s powerhouse!

Forests are nature’s powerhouse! Forests are nature’s powerhouse and a vital resource for meeting the world’s renewable-energy demand. 2.4 billion people worldwide use wood fuel cook means, sterilise drinking water and heat homes.   Read the full article that was first published on the Biomass Company blog

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www.fao.org/forestry

Small farmers are the future of global food security

Small farmers are the future of global food security This community of farmers sit at a critical nexus between survival and global opportunity. With 500 million farm holdings in the developing world, smallholder farmers typically cultivate less than two hectares (4.4 acres) of land for subsistence and earn less than $2 per day. Small farmers feed close to 80 percent of the total population in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa and support the livelihoods of nearly 2 billion people worldwide. Most smallholder farmers farm out of necessity not...Read More

There is NO Reason that Low Maize Prices Should Put Farmers Under Pressure!

There is NO Reason that Low Maize Prices Should Put Farmers Under Pressure! BOTHAVILLE, South Africa, March 10 (Reuters) – A big maize crop following recent rains has pulled South African maize prices to two-year lows, eroding farmers’ ConnectingTheDots' Insight: Earn extra revenue from maize cobs. They are an ideal feedstock for (furfural) biorefineries.   The harvesting, transporting and storage of maize cobs are well known (see GreenEneryPark biorefinery/agro-biomass processing hub). .... Read...Read More

uMthayi

uMthayi  The fresh, ripe marula fruit is edible and is used to make beer. Marula has a truly delicious nut which can be eaten raw or roasted and is rich in protein (28 %) and oil. The good-tasting oil is used for cooking and for products such as preservatives. Jelly, juice, salad dressing and jam can be made from the fruit. - The skin can be processed into glue, soap, ointment, achar and vinegar. uMthayi Marula Festival is a traditional African celebration of the harvesting of the marula fruit...Read More

It's that simple: Cow Dung to Fuels & Chemicals

It's that simple: Cow Dung to Fuels & Chemicals Levulinic acid is a platform chemical with significant potential to substitute petroleum-based products in the chemical and fuel sectors. In this particular research example, the lignocelluose was converted to bio-based chemicals after it was "pre-treated" (digested) by the cows. Have a look at this report by the researchers from the Agro-Environmental Protection Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences.

US biobased Economy Growth: $24billion/year (+ 200,000 new jobs)

US biobased Economy Growth: $24billion/year (+ 200,000 new jobs)  When USDA released the first-ever Economic Impact Analysis of the U.S. Biobased Products Industry last year, we were thrilled to see what a positive impact this sector was having on our economy, and this updated analysis shows that the sector is not just holding strong, but growing. - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said at reports release this week in Washington, D.C. A new report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has revealed the precise amount that the bio-based...Read More

Biomass Suitable for Furfural Production

Biomass Suitable for Furfural Production During 10 years of furfural process R&D, the team at International Furan Technology (“IFT”), a DalinYebo subsidiary, investigated and developed solutions mainly for the use of solid biomass. A large variety of biomass was tested and characterised for its handling and processing characteristics: Corncobs, corn stover, other corn fibre, sugarcane bagasse, sugarcane leaves (trash), sweet stem sorghum, switch grass, "black wattle", wheat straw, olive residues, oat hulls, rice husks,...Read More

Defining Moment for Bioplastic Feedstock Developments

Defining Moment for Bioplastic Feedstock Developments With declining oil prices bioplastics will experience increased competition from fossil fuel based, volume plastics, particularly in the packaging market. Yet bioplastic companies will continue to demonstrate the same technical marketing business ingenuity they have exhibited over the past 25+ years by specialty feedstock/resin niche market development, by holding in place their existing technology, further focusing on added production efficiencies, and in some limited cases withdrawing from...Read More

Coordinating the Bioeconomy (The Five Cornerstones)

Coordinating the Bioeconomy (The Five Cornerstones) More than 40 nations1 are proposing to boost their 'bioeconomy' ... ... the part of the economy based in biology and the biosciences. Around US$2 trillion of products in agriculture and forestry, food, bioenergy, biotechnology and green chemistry were exported worldwide in 2014, amounting2 to 13% of world trade, up from 10% in 2007. These sectors are central to at least half of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), from food security to ensuring energy access and health. But...Read More

Bio-based Solutions of the Future

Bio-based Solutions of the Future Climate change is real. It is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating. We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and  billions of underprivileged people out there who would be most affected by...Read More

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