Biodiesel recognized on World Food Day

By | November 13, 2008
Experts from around the world addressed biofuels as they gathered for the "most significant observance of World Food Day around the globe," on Oct. 15-17. The National Biodiesel Board offers interviews, audio clips and photos from world food experts on its Web site.

The event honored Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Norman E. Borlaug, who sparked the "green revolution" of increased agricultural productivity. The promise of biofuels, as well as greater agricultural productivity, was repeatedly addressed at the World Food Prize International Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa.

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa paid a visit to the World Food Prize event. In an interview, Grassley said that incentives for biodiesel included in the financial rescue plan passed by Congress are critical to the development of the industry.

Grassley introduced U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer and made comments about the importance of American agriculture in feeding the world. He also honored colleagues from the Senate, and George McGovern and Bob Dole, who are this year's World Food Prize recipients.

"It is heartening to see international leaders discussing biodiesel's value on World Food Day," said NBB Chief Executive Officer Joe Jobe. "Food production and transport are particularly dependent on diesel engines and biodiesel is a crucial part of bringing energy security benefits to the global food supply."

Audio is available on for:

›Sir Gordon Conway, a world-renowned ecologist and chief scientific advisor to the U.K. Department for International Development

›Gale Buchanan, U.S. Undersecretary for Research, Education and Economics

›Sen. Chuck Grassley

›Former Sen. Bob Dole

›Former Sen. George McGovern

›Roberto Rodrigues, co-chair of the Interamerican Biofuel Coalition

›Paul Schickler, president of Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc.

›Jim Hershey, executive director, World Initiative for Soy in Human Health

›Robert Zoellick, president of the World Bank.
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