Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As Americans set the table for another holiday meal this year, they are paying less for it, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Price Outlook. The Consumer Price Index for grocery store items is 2.3% lower than the last year, all while biodiesel production is higher than ever.“Food is a universal part of most holiday celebrations, and this year prices have dropped even as biodiesel production is breaking records,” said Donnell Rehagen, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board. “As we’ve said for almost a decade, more biodiesel production helps the food supply, despite what opponents incorrectly claim.”Biodiesel production has grown steadily most years since Congress enacted the federal Renewable Fuel Standard in 2005. NBB expects a more than 2.6 billion gallon biodiesel and renewable hydrocarbon diesel market in the U.S. in 2016 — a record.“One reason biodiesel benefits the food supply is because it is made from fats and oils. When we grow protein to feed the world, we naturally get more fat and carbohydrates than we can eat,” said Don Scott, NBB’s director of sustainability. “One example is a soybean. To produce the oil needed to make just one gallon of biodiesel soybeans make 30 pounds of protein and 22 pounds of carbs and dietary fiber for the food supply at the same time.”Put another way, a growing world population means we must grow more protein. We can’t grow protein without co-producing fat as a byproduct. Fat is how nature stores energy.Biodiesel can be produced from any fat or vegetable oil, including recycled cooking oil, animal fats and soybean oil.By creating a market and value for unwanted soybean oil, biodiesel decreases soy protein meal prices by $20-40 per ton, according to a study by Informa Economics. This helps livestock producers with feed prices, and ultimately helps consumers in the price they pay for meat.“The bottom line is that biodiesel creates net benefits to food supply, and that’s worth a toast this holiday season,” Rehagen said.
The Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) in Mount Salem, St James; and Denham Town in West Kingston will be extended by a further 60 days. The House of Representatives on Tuesday (February 5), approved two Resolutions for the extensions, which were moved by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness. In his remarks, Mr. Holness noted that ZOSOs are long-term in nature and are not designed to just have a reduction in crime for 60 days. Story Highlights The Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) in Mount Salem, St James; and Denham Town in West Kingston will be extended by a further 60 days.The House of Representatives on Tuesday (February 5), approved two Resolutions for the extensions, which were moved by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness.In his remarks, Mr. Holness noted that ZOSOs are long-term in nature and are not designed to just have a reduction in crime for 60 days.“The intention is that these communities will develop the leadership, the institutions, and the general environment of peace… that infrastructure and other kinds of development will be brought to these communities,” he pointed out.Mr. Holness informed the Lower House that both communities are now in the build phase.“In that phase you would see more development activities, rather than security-based activities. In both communities, it is evident that the Government has expended significant resources to ensure that their infrastructure is improved,” he said.Mr. Holness noted that a $184-million infrastructure improvement project for Denham Town was lunched on January 31, 2019.“Where we are now focused in both communities is on developing the leadership… as well as economic enablement and empowerment, assisting with grants and small loans to ensure that micro businesses can start to flourish in these areas,” the Prime Minister said.In addition, he informed that work has begun in Mount Salem to regularise settlements “in terms of titling and ensuring that the settlement there is orderly”.“What we see in the community are some small lanes, tracks and irregular plots. All of that will be addressed in this phase,” Mr. Holness said.The Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act gives the Prime Minister power to declare an area a ZOSO in order to tackle increased crime and volatility. This is in consultation with the National Security Council.The Zone can only be established after the Police Commissioner and the Chief of Defence Staff make a request for such a declaration in writing to the Prime Minister.