Blogs written by Lee Enterprises Consulting Bioeconomy Expert(s)

BPA and Plastics

BPA (Bisphenol A), is a chemical widely used to make hard, clear plastics. Its strength, structural stability, and light weight have made it excellent for use in things like eyeglasses and water bottles.  However, BPA has been linked to several health problems as it disrupts how hormones function in the body. For many years BPA…

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Transportation Answers to Climate Change

Are there transportation answers to climate change? The International Energy Agency (IEA) recently released a plan outlining how governments can reduce oil reliance in the transportation sector.  The key is to increase the use of public transportation and to improve the infrastructure for walking and cycling.  It appears that public transport needs to double and…

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Food and Energy Costs

Food and energy costs, together with healthcare, are arguably the three most important factors in how well we thrive on planet Earth.  While healthcare costs certainly continue to rise, it is food and energy costs that are most volatile.  Food and energy costs seem to fluctuate the most during periods of emergence and spread of…

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Electric Vehicles – The Good, the Bad & The Ugly

Some in the electric vehicles industry predict that we will have almost 150 million electric vehicles in service by 2030.  This is fifteen times the number in use in 2021.  Many automakers indicate that within a few decades, the current combustion engines will be completely gone.  This is a good thing for the green economy…

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Ethanol Revenues Increase by Reducing Carbon Intensity

Can you improve ethanol revenues by 50-75 CPG? Corn ethanol can be a highly profitable business when a plant can reduce its Carbon Intensity. Which CI reduction alternatives can provide the best return on capital? Negative C.I. Ethanol is coming! Business opportunities to increase CI revenue include: Crop waste-based energy supply, CHP for power and…

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Plant-Based Meats Investment

By 2030, the plant-based meats industry aspires to capture 6% of the global meat and seafood market. This represents 25 million metric tons (MMT) of annual plant-based meat production. However, in recent years consumer demand for plant-based meat has outpaced the industry’s supply capabilities. Similarly, there appears to be a looming potential for global supply…

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Cell Based Meat

“Cell-based meat” refers to meat that is grown directly from cells instead of meat that is harvested from an animal body. There is a broad array of companies in the cell-based meat space. Commercially successful cell-based meat operations will require many readily available cell lines for the different consumed species of mammals, birds, and fish.…

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Decarbonization: Getting from Policy to Projects

How does one get from policy to project in the world of decarbonization?  First, we must understand decarbonization. The term “decarbonization” literally means the reduction of carbon.  In today’s world, it refers to the conversion to an economic system that sustainably reduces and compensates the emissions of carbon dioxide (CO₂) – the long-term goal being to…

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