October 2008

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HPIn Europe: Investing in biofuels? How many farms did you buy?

The early popularity of some biofuels in Europe has soured into a sense that they are wasteful of food resources. As long as biofuel investors continue to ignore how plants are grown on the farm, then..

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The early popularity of some biofuels in Europe has soured into a sense that they are wasteful of food resources. As long as biofuel investors continue to ignore how plants are grown on the farm, then angry consumers have a point; but technology and integration could change that. So says Ingemar Bjurenvall, a hard-headed Swedish biotech business owner now based in London. He holds patents in a range of cereal seed-related technologies and has been involved in the sustainability debate in Sweden for many years. I got talking to Mr. Bjurenvall, who was sitting opposite me as our train mounted the Denmark-to-Germany ferry. I was heading to a conference at which biofuels would be top of the bi

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