Ethanol use could help prevent type 2 diabetes

Ethanol use could help prevent type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease that Americans are all too familiar with. According to the American Diabetes Association, 29 million people had type 2 diabetes in 2015, roughly 9% of the population. Sadly, diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S. Fortunately, type 2 diabetes is a preventable disease and very manageable if you actively work towards your health. Risk factors include overweight/obesity, smoking, high blood pressure, physical inactivity, family history, ethnicity and age. Along with those, it appears that researchers are finding another risk factor-air pollution. A study published in 2018 discovered that one […]

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The Emerald Isle following in our green footsteps

Since it is St. Patrick’s Day, I thought it appropriate to highlight the efforts that “The Emerald Isle” is putting forth to keep the environment green. According to Ireland’s Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, Richard Bruton, the amount of biofuels used in transportation increased from 8% to 10% nationwide on January 1, 2019. The end goal is to increase the biofuel mix to 11% by 2020. This change from 8 to 11% would replace 70 million liters of fossil fuels and 200,000 tons of carbon annually. Back in Minnesota This seemingly small change to the fuel structure […]

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Happy National Ag Day 2019!

In recognition of National Ag Day 2019 earlier this week, mnfuels.com kicks off a miniseries featuring Minnesota farmers. From time to time we will introduce you to the people who ‘grow’ the renewables in our motor fuels. These farm families have helped make Minnesota a national leader in fuel ethanol and biodiesel production and use. In a state with zero petroleum resources of its own, farmers now help produce 1.3 billion gallons of ethanol and 87 million gallons of biodiesel – in addition to the traditional feed, food crops and livestock. Meet a Farmer: John and Cindy Mages First up, […]

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Sure as the snow will melt, gas prices rise

Have you ever noticed that fuel prices tend to drop in the late fall and winter? Were you wondering if it was just in your head that gas prices seemed lower just a few fill-ups ago? It’s not just you! In typical years, as the nights get longer fuel prices tend to decline until we bottom out sometime in December or January. Now that the nights are getting shorter and the daylight growing? Gas prices have been marching upward, just like they do most years in the springtime. Of course, it has nothing to do with the length of day […]

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