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Hunger for biofuels will gobble up wheat surplus
Source : timesonline.com
Britain’s self-sufficiency in wheat will end next year, because a giant new biofuel refinery needs so much of the staple crop that home-grown supplies will be exhausted feeding both the factory and the nation. The £300 million plant at Wilton, on Teesside, which is due to open this autumn, will be the largest bioethanol refinery in Europe and will consume a tenth of the country’s annual harvest, more than the national surplus. Although the Ensus-built refinery expects to source all its wheat from the UK, the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) said that so much grain would be required that Britain could become a net importer of the crop for the first time in its history.
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5 October 2009 |
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