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NNFCC News Review: Feedstock Issue 107, February 2021

Category: feedstocks
Published: 10/02/2021
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the Feedstock sector.


There is an ongoing effort to find, produce and utilize feedstocks that reduce the negative effects that human activity has on the environment. As we transition away from fossil-fuels, food crops have been presenting themselves as prime candidates to take up the mantle of new carbon-based energy prodigy.  However, as recent years have shown, mass producing food crops for bioenergy production has led to land use change, loss of habitat and biodiversity and soil degradation. The societal “Food VS Feed” debate has also largely undermined bioenergy produced from sugar- and starch-rich edible crops. Nowadays, organic waste and non-food crops are the rising stars and represent the “second-generation” of bioenergy and biofuels.

There is no stopping progress however and a third generation of bioenergy is on the horizon...

Other News this Month Includes:


  • ‘Robust’ new cassava policy aims to diversify farming and boost exports
  • France backs non-GMO regulation for crop gene-editing in EU
  • More...


  • Sugar Valley Energy Announces Sugarcane Feedstock Production Program for Imperial Valley Farmers
  • The British Hemp Company launches range of products to nourish and empower communities in the UK again
  • Lockdown measures impact human and industrial cereal usage: grain market daily

Research & Development

  • Leaching of Eucalyptus pellets to reduce chlorine
  • Heterologous Expression of Lignocellulose-Modifying Enzymes in Microorganisms
  • More...

Wood & Crop

  • Camelina, an ancient oilseed crop actively contributing to the rural renaissance in Europe
  • York University developing low cost beet processing methods
  • More...

Other Feedstocks​

  • Macroalgae-derived biohydrogen production: biorefinery and circular bioeconomy
  • Canada looks to reduce food waste through ‘sustainable insect production’​


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