A biodiesel boom (and conundrum) : Short Wave There's a biodiesel boom happening! It's fueled by incentives and policies intended to cut greenhouse emissions, and is motivating some oil companies like World Energy in Paramount, California to convert their refineries to process soybean oil instead of crude. NPR's food and agriculture correspondent Dan Charles explains why farmers are happy, bakers are frustrated and people who want to preserve the world's natural forests are worried. Email the show at shortwave@npr.org.

A biodiesel boom (and conundrum)

A biodiesel boom (and conundrum)

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Aerial of combine harvester driving through soybean (Glycine max) field, Laytonsville Maryland. (Photo by: Edwin Remsberg / VWPics/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
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There's a biodiesel boom happening! It's fueled by incentives and policies intended to cut greenhouse emissions, and is motivating some oil companies like World Energy in Paramount, California to convert their refineries to process soybean oil instead of crude. NPR's food and agriculture correspondent Dan Charles explains why farmers are happy, bakers are frustrated and people who want to preserve the world's natural forests are worried.

Email the show at shortwave@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Brit Hanson, edited by Sara Sarasohn, and fact-checked by Rasha Aridi and Margaret Cirino. Leo Del Aguila provided engineering help.

Correction Oct. 21, 2021

In the original version of the episode, we identified the National Biodiesel Board as the National Biofuels Board. Its has been updated to reflect its correct name.