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Response to Oilwellian (Reply #13)

Sat Aug 4, 2012, 10:55 AM

24. The corn they are talking about is NOT sweet corn.

 

It is grass, but it may as well be wood. The whole why do we turn food into ethanol argument is bunk. Field corn is not food. It can be processed into corn oil, it can be processed into HFCS (which would be even more evil according to some who alaways need something to rant against). There are thousands of products that can be made from corn. Livestock will eat it, but they will happily eat grass.

Granted, the land used for field corn could be used for food, but reality is that the economics favor field corn. If we want more food to be grown, we will need to change the laws that make corn more profitable. It is by nature relatively easy to harvest and separate from the chaff, but the big agra companies have compounded that via lobbying to get subsidies that make it the logical crop. Until there is equal or more profit in something else no amount of wailing and handwringing is going change "Why do we turn food into ethanol?".

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