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  • New IDB Financing Facility for Sugar & Bioenergy / Nova Linha de Financiamento do BID para Açúcar e Bioenergia / Nueva facilidad de financiamento del BID para azúcar y bioenergía

    Friday, January 16th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB backs $150 million Regional Financing Facility for Sugar and Bioenergy

    Program will focus on northeastern Brazil, Mexico and Central America

    The Inter-American Development Bank will support the establishment of a $150 million facility to provide short-term trade financing and medium-term investment loans to sugar and bioenergy companies and exporters in Brazil, […]

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    “Cereal Offenses” in LAC

    Sunday, December 28th, 2008

    If you have kids and read the labels of foods you shop for or buy, you probably know well the struggle to avoid buying breakfast cereals that are not loaded with sugar and/or sodium (salt).  Sometimes even when you avoid the obvious culprits (after all, if the name is “frosted,” most of us can guess!), […]

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    LAC Consumer Groups Target “Junk Food”

    Thursday, December 25th, 2008

    In my earlier post about the Mexican industry code on advertising of food and beverages directed to children, I discussed efforts in Latin America (here, here, here, here, here and here) to get high-calorie and/or high-fat and/or high-sugar and/or salty foods out of schools and the push by consumer groups, led by Consumer International (CI), […]

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    FAO Calls for Review of the Risks & Opportunities of Biofuels / La FAO pide nueva revista de los riesgos y oportunidades de los biocombustibles

    Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

    From the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO):
    Annual report weighs opportunities and risks of biofuels
    Biofuel policies and subsidies should be urgently reviewed in order to preserve the goal of world food security, protect poor farmers, promote broad-based rural development and ensure environmental sustainability, FAO said today in a new edition of its annual flagship publication […]

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    Brazil: Government & Industry Discuss Changes in Processed Foods

    Monday, August 11th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: Brazil’s Health Minister, José Gomes Temporão, has launched an open and public dialog with Brazil’s food industry about lowering the salt, sugar and trans-fat levels of the processed foods that they offer to the Brazilian market. Temporão revealed that a Ministry study suggests that up to 260,000 Brazilian deaths every […]

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    Biofuel from Sweet Potatoes

    Saturday, August 9th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: Many people think Brazil’s interest in biofuel is limited to sugarcane ethanol. Not at all. They are looking at all the possible source materials.
    Just one example: the southern state of Paraná, a leader in Brazilian agriculture, is promoting the production of sweet potatoes among family farmers with a view to […]

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    Two ECLAC Technical Studies on Biofuels / Dos estudios técnicos de CEPAL sobre biocombustibles

    Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

    It’s the second week of December already, and I still have so many draft posts in the queue from this autumn (Sept.-Nov.) that I really should finish and publish, so don’t be surprised if entries start coming fast-and-furious, particularly shorter ones briefly presenting and/or commenting on studies and reports pertinent to environmental, health or consumer […]

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