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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

 

Promoting Burning Our Food In Our Vehicles

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Roanoke Times, 12-25-11, Pg Ticker Pg 1: US farmers are enjoying their best run in decades.
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This article is perhaps the best promotion ever for the most subsidized agricultural super-farms in the US. Corn farmers are not representative of “US Farmers”. They are a subset of farmers whose product, corn, is a commodity purchased by all livestock farmers that form a major source of our food.
Corn prices are extremely high, $7.50 per bushel in Sept., thereby driving up the cost of food for the consumers both directly in corn-based products and in meat-based products.  Corn, at $2.50 per bushel, was historically a major export helping to offset our huge negative trade-balance. At $7.50 exports are declining rapidly impacting food prices and shortages throughout the world.
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A MAJOR reason corn is at an all time high is Federal Government mandates to have 10% ethanol in auto-gas. The following article should be required reading for all those who are asking why our food prices are drastically rising and why are we following this wrong-headed path; for example:
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Ground beef up 6.8 percent month over month, and 11.1 pct year over year.
Butter, up 3.2 percent monthly and a stunning 27 percent over the past year.
Bread up 1 percent and 3 percent year over year.
Chicken up 0.8 percent. and 4.3 percent year over year.
http://www.cnbc.com/id/41831886/No_Inflation_That_s_Not_What_Food_Prices_Are_Saying
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David Pimental, a leading Cornell University agricultural expert, has calculated that powering the average U.S. automobile for one year on ethanol (blended with gasoline) derived from corn would require 11 acres of farmland, the same space needed to grow a year's supply of food for seven people. Adding up the energy costs of corn production and its conversion into ethanol, 131,000 BTUs are needed to make one gallon of ethanol. One gallon of ethanol has an energy value of only 77,000 BTUS. Thus, 70 percent more energy is required to produce ethanol than the energy that actually is in it. Every time you make one gallon of ethanol, there is a net energy loss of 54,000 BTUs.
Mr. Pimentel concluded that "abusing our precious croplands to grow corn for an energy-inefficient process that yields low-grade automobile fuels amounts to unsustainable subsidized food burning".
http://healthandenergy.com/ethanol.htm
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Why does the Roanoke Times and the other liberal media continue to ignore this major issue that greatly impacts the most disadvantaged among us?
Editors, stop following the Obama-PiedPiper and speak-up for real hope and change.
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Prior associated blog items:
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http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2011/08/connecting-corn-dots-famine-food-prices.html
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http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2011/06/burning-our-food.html
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http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2011/05/crop-loss-and-heifer-dust.html
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