September 2006

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Honda R&D Americas Inc. achieves LEED gold certification



Editor's Note

By Tom Byran

Legal Perspective

By Pete Moss

Talking Point

By Peter Golbitz

NBB Insight

By Joe Jobe


It's a subject that has come up over and over: Will the growth of the biofuels industry take food out of the mouths of the world's hungry? While experts say it will take more time for the truth to unfold, it's certainly not as simple-or as sinister-than the picture some paint.


Defining the Balance

By Nicholas Zeman

A recently published study conducted by researchers at the University of Minnesota and St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., blows fresh air on the smoldering "net energy" debate for biodiesel and fuel ethanol. Ultimately, the results are favorable to renewable fuels and their ability to provide more energy than the sum of their inputs.

Getting Serious about Safety

By Anduin Kirkbride McElroy

In any industry, an accident is a serious issue. More serious are repeated accidents, such as three biodiesel plant fires within six months, one which ended fatally. It is time for the industry to get serious about enforcing safety code compliance.

The biodiesel industry continues to make an impact on the liquid fuels industry-but its by-product is having just as much of an effect. Producers and consumers alike are struggling with business plans influenced by an expanding flood of crude glycerin.

Biodiesel Magazine explores some broader implications of the increasing demand for soy oil coming from the burgeoning U.S. biodiesel industry.

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