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 Post subject: 800: WHICH IS MOST IMPORTANT: FOOD OR FUEL?
PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2012 7:57 am 
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In 2005, the federal government created the Energy Policy Act, which created a Renewable Fuel Standard requiring 7.5 billion gallons of renewable fuels to be mixed into the nation’s gas tank in 2012. As these fuels were made largerly from corn, this mandate made corn farmers very happy.

In 2012, the United States experienced the most severe and extensive drought in 25 years. This drought seriously affected the productivity of the nation’s agriculture, thus raising the price of farm commodities.

Given the severe drought, government was asked to waive its renewable fuels mandate for 2012. Saying that it could find no “severe economic harm” caused by the mandate, the government refused to grant the waiver.

To measure the costs of this mandate for its member businesses, the National Council of Chain Restaurants (NCCR) commissioned a study by Price Waterhouse Cooper. This study claimed the mandate could cost the restaurant industry up to $3.2 billion dollars annually.

NCCR’s study was promptly repudiated by the Renewable Fuels Association, which said, “Clearly, Big Food and Big Oil are on the defensive. They lost in their bid for a waiver of the RFS, so now are resorting to super-sized myths about the impact of the RFS on food prices.”

This differernce of opinion between farmers and restauranteurs leads us to ask…

Which is most important, food or fuel? (Food Chain Radio #801)


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 Post subject: Re: 800: WHICH IS MOST IMPORTANT: FOOD OR FUEL?
PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 4:35 am 
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This from Jim in California...

Please don't forget to discuss the water requirement... 100 gallons of water to grow 1 gallon of ethanol.
And, how much fuel it takes to grow, harvest, distribute, process and deliver one gallon. (10 gallons of fuel to produce 1 gallon of ethanol).

Makes sense to me, and you?

Additionally, and more importantly, how will these idiots replace the lost protein.

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 Post subject: Re: 800: WHICH IS MOST IMPORTANT: FOOD OR FUEL?
PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 4:36 am 
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This from Walter in Vermont...

The problem is a bit more complex. Corn makes an expensive poor fuel.

Expensive because it takes more than a gallon of petroleum to produce a gallon of ethanol.

Poor because ethanol has less energy per gallon than petroleum AND ethanol destroys seals, valves, pumps and hoses in older engines.

Ethanol is a false economy. The real purpose of the government forcing us to have ethanol in our fuel was to give profits to their cronies in the ethanol and corn businesses.

Bass ackwards.


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 Post subject: Re: 800: WHICH IS MOST IMPORTANT: FOOD OR FUEL?
PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 4:42 am 
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This from Augustus...


Corn destroys niasin. It's not for human consumption


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 Post subject: Re: 800: WHICH IS MOST IMPORTANT: FOOD OR FUEL?
PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 5:26 pm 
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This from Shaney...

With the gmo corn that produces it's own pesitcides, I'd rather it be used for fuel because I will not eat it.


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