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message 1: by Robert (last edited Sep 17, 2012 08:47PM) (new)

Robert Zwilling It's called green fallout, it can happen to anyone,

http://communities.washingtontimes.co...

9-17-12
Actual crop projections are lower and some crops have a fungus that produces a carcinogen for livestock.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/art...


message 2: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Kinkade | 5 comments Gotta be careful with the Washington Times. They are owned by the Moonies, and often post anything that serves to further their political goals, without any regard for or concern as to whether the stories are even remotely true.

In this case, it should be noted that the ethanol subsidy expired on January 1, 2012 and has not been reinstated. And ending the EPA mandate would not materially impact fuel use of ethanol because, even with the corn shortage, ethanol is still cheaper than gasoline, which means it will be used anyway, mandate or no.


message 3: by Robert (new)

Robert Zwilling I always look at multiple articles because even good sources can miss or leave out bits and pieces which give a more complete picture.

The corn for ethanol is animal feed grade, not people grade, but that hardly matters in the long run. The cattle don't get enough cheap food and water they just slaughter them to fix the problem.

They only removed the tax credit, which is nothing compared to the mandate of the RFS which requires the ethanol to be produced. One article said it was the icing on the cake.

Ethanol production can be temporarily cut at the state level by the Dept of Agriculture, which would presumably be Obama's decision.

"Developed" countries using food products for energy has been flying under the radar for awhile now. The Renewable fuel standard is trying out a lot of edible items for fuel. Using water for powering vehicles is another idea I question.

Europe's appetite for palm oil is not doing the Indonesian and Malaysian jungles or it's inhabitants any good at all.

Supposedly one third of the food produced each year is wasted, so technically there is no food shortage.


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