Says it all about politics:

Fuel Choices, Food Crises and Finger-Pointing

by Andrew Martin

Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa, called the recent criticism of ethanol by foreign officials “a big joke.” He questioned why they were not also blaming a drought in Australia that reduced the wheat crop and the growing demand for meat in China and India.

“You make ethanol out of corn,” he said. “I bet if I set a bushel of corn in front of any of those delegates, not one of them would eat it.”

4 Responses

  1. Quote: “I bet if I set a bushel of corn in front of any of those delegates, not one of them would eat it.”

    …certainly not, corn provides us with so many other great possibilities (sarcasm follows); ethanol which is a terrible hedge against the investment in the War in Iraq (for oil). Let’s see, produce more carbon emission, create starvation, and by subsidies (paid by taxpayers) and government mandates, help consumers save a few pennies at the ethanol pump while keeping fuel dollars inside the U.S and bringing up prices of food… Great position by our delegates…

  2. the good news is the subject is gaining popularity with the press and our authorities are the targets, and easy targets at that.

    it should lead to biofuels being outlawed (as i recommended several years ago and still recommend) but that will probably not get done soon enough to stop widespread starvation in the emerging markets.

  3. I’m not sure I agree that biofuels should be outlawed. I would agree, however, that using food grade resources for biofuel should not be a promoted practice as it currently is. However, consider Brazil, which creates enormous value in the form of ethanol derived from sugar-cane, previously considered waste. If we can realize the same capacity, in the form of cellulosic ethanol (making ethanol using waste sources such as wood pulp from timber, paper, and other industrial production processes), what would the economic negative be?

  4. might be ok if you can control it.

    it would still influence what gets planted and what doesn’t especially if the price for the ‘waste’ is higher than the price for the actual crop

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