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Organic cuisine aims to win new fans in Brazil

Sao Paulo, Oct 21 (EFE).- Organic cuisine made a splash over the weekend in Sao Paulo and is unlikely to go away in Brazil, where an increasing number of people are turning to organically grown products in an effort to improve their quality of life despite the higher price of these goods. "Today, people prefer to invest more in food instead of spending more later on medicines," one of the organizers of the Organic Gastronomy Festival told Efe. The festival ran from Thursday to Sunday in the heart of Brazil's financial capital.

Argentina braces for European biodiesel duty hikes

Argentina's biodiesel industry warned Friday it faces collapse if Europe makes good on a threat to impose stiff duties on their product next month. The European Commission earlier this month moved to raise duties on Argentine and Indonesian biofuels in response to alleged dumping. The increases would be on top of temporary duties the Commission imposed on Argentina in May. "The European Commission confirmed its decision to close the biodiesel market for Argentina, putting the whole Argentine soya chain in check," the Argentine Biofuel Chamber said in a statement.

Analysis: Brewing U.S. ethanol legal battle hinges on meaning of 'supply'

By Cezary Podkul CHICAGO (Reuters) - The fate of a landmark U.S. requirement to blend increasing amounts of biofuels into the nation's gasoline pool rests on the meaning of three words tucked into a mammoth law: unless there is "inadequate domestic supply." But "supply" of what? The law does not say.

API threatens suit if U.S. biofuel mandate not done by November 30

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. oil industry group the American Petroleum Institute told the federal environmental regulator on Thursday that it intends to file a lawsuit if the agency does not finalize 2014 biofuel requirements by the end of November. It was the oil industry's latest move to fight the so-called federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), overseen by the Environmental Protection Agency. It requires fuel blenders to gradually mix more ethanol and biodiesel into the nation's gasoline and diesel supply.

EU lawmakers freeze plan to cap food for fuel

By Barbara Lewis BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU lawmakers deferred on Wednesday plans to curb the use of fuels made from food crops, providing a reprieve for some in the bio-energy industry, but raising the risk of higher grain prices in the future. The decision brakes for now a policy U-turn from the European Commission, the EU executive, which had said certain kinds of biofuels had to be limited after earlier encouraging them.

EPA says nothing final on ethanol blend; industry group cries foul

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday sought to calm a furor over its apparent proposal to reduce ethanol use in gasoline next year, saying that no final decisions had been made about the contentious mandate. On Thursday, Reuters and other news outlets reported on EPA documents that showed the agency proposing an unexpected drop in the amount of corn-based ethanol that would be required for blending next year, a historic retreat from the 2007 biofuel law and a major victory for the oil industry.

EPA says nothing final on ethanol blend; industry group cries foul

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday sought to calm a furor over its apparent proposal to reduce ethanol use in gasoline next year, saying that no final decisions had been made about the contentious mandate. On Thursday, Reuters and other news outlets reported on EPA documents that showed the agency proposing an unexpected drop in the amount of corn-based ethanol that would be required for blending next year, a historic retreat from the 2007 biofuel law and a major victory for the oil industry.

Analysis: Lawsuits likely as EPA declares US ethanol blend wall a 'reality'

By Cezary Podkul NEW YORK (Reuters) - With two words, the U.S. environment regulator may be handing oil refiners the biggest win of a long battle to beat back the seemingly inexorable rise of ethanol fuel. In a leaked proposal that would significantly scale back biofuel blending requirements next year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says the blend wall - the 10 percent threshold of ethanol-mixed gasoline that is at the crux of the lobbying war - is an "important reality".

Gov't expects most homeowners to pay more for heat this winter; heating oil costs to slip

The government forecast Tuesday that most households will pay more for heat this winter. Heating oil users will catch a slight break, but still pay near-record prices to keep warm. Prices for natural gas, electricity and propane should be higher, the primary reason that more than 90 per cent of U.S. homes will incur higher heating expenses.

U.S. oil, gas group files lawsuit over EPA ethanol requirement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A major U.S. oil and gas lobbying group on Tuesday said it filed a lawsuit in District of Columbia Circuit Court challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's renewable fuel volume requirements for 2013. The American Petroleum Institute said EPA's mandate, not issued for 2013 until August, demanded the use of far more cellulosic ethanol - a fuel made from plant materials like wood and grasses - than is available in the marketplace.
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