We, the intrepid blogging team at Blonde Sagacity, first brought this to your attention, gee, I don't know, well, anyway, a long time ago. Corn is way to valuable to be putting in our gas tanks. It should go in our pie holes and no where else. Excepting, of course, the valuable use of corn cobs at the other end.
But, anyway, the rush to stop something we aren't even causing to begin with has created a bigger problem.
Is America Headed for a Food Shortage?
Ethanol is a renewable, homegrown fuel that can help lower U.S. dependence on foreign oil. But as more and more ethanol is made from corn, less and less corn is available for food production, and that’s causing some unforeseen problems.HAH!!! Not unforeseen for those of us smart enough to read this blog!
Corn is a mainstay of American agriculture— it’s an important ingredient in cereals and baked goods, and corn syrup is used to make processed foods like candy, chips and soft drinks. But most importantly, corn is the major source of food for cattle, pigs, turkeys and chickens that are headed for the dinner table.So, in the interest of stopping something we aren't even doing in the first place, causing global warming, which might not even be a bad thing, we are increasing the price of everything made of corn. My tequila, your Corn Flakes, and the corn used to make corn tortillas in Mexico.
A recent study conducted by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University (which receives funding from grocery manufacturers and livestock producers) reported that U.S. ethanol production could consume more than half of U.S. corn, wheat and coarse grains by 2012, driving up food prices and causing shortages. The study estimates that booming ethanol production has already raised U.S. food prices by $47 per person annually. In Mexico, protests have already erupted over the high price of corn tortillas, a staple food in the local diet.