There's a whole
aspect of life in America about which fewer and
fewer Americans know anything. It's farming. Some two percent of the population
feed the rest of us who have no idea how what they produce gets to our plate.
Responsible for everything we eat, agriculture is also an essential element
of our nation's economy.
E. Ralph Hostetter,
the publisher of American Farm Publications, is one of the most cogent, sensible
voices on issues concerning farming today. Recently he wrote about "The impact
of biofuels." You might think he would be all for
converting corn into ethanol, but Hostetter is not. He sees the insanity of
using corn-a crop used in the manufacture of 3,500 commonly used products
during their production or processing-in this fashion.
public is told by our government the rate of inflation in 2006 was only 2.2
percent," wrote Hostetter. "However, when price increases in food and energy
were factored in, the reality was that actual inflation was 4.8 percent, or
an increase of 118 percent what the nation was told."
of food and energy prices is such that the government's Consumer Price Index
conveniently ignores them. That doesn't make the problem go away, but it does
mislead the public.
"Today, 60 percent
of the American corn crop is fed to U.S. livestock," noted Hostetter.
"Therefore, as the price of corn is forced up by the demands of ethanol production
and many natural causes such as weather, so is the price of meat, poultry,
eggs, milk and more than 3,500 products American use every day."
Among the products
affected by the rise in the cost of corn are cake mixes, pizza, beer, whisky,
candies, cookies, corn flakes, cosmetics, instant coffee, carbonated beverages,
fertilizers, vitamins, tires, toothpaste, paper products, pharmaceuticals
such as aspirin and more than 85 different types of antibiotics. And that's
just a short list.
Across the board,
the price of a bushel of corn was up six percent in 2006 because of federal
government mandates for the production and use of ethanol.
for the nearly 7 billion gallons of ethanol production at the present time
requires about 16 million acres or 20 percent of the total 80-plus million
acres presently in corn production," Hostetter noted. In the effort to cash
in on the federal ethanol mandates, production facilities cannot be built
fast enough. In Iowa, when 55 ethanol plants
become fully operational, they will use virtually the entire corn crop of
Congress to increase biofuel production "will require nearly 100 million acres
of corn, approximately a 25 percent increase above the present 80-plus million
acres," said Hostetter, which means that other crops such as soybeans and
cotton will not be planted.
the U.S. "supplies 70 percent of
world corn exports of some 55 million tons of corn. It is now estimated that
ethanol production in 2006 consumed about 50 million tons." Goodbye world
corn exports and the money generated for the U.S. economy. Instead that
corn will be added to gasoline in the form of ethanol.
It's not like
the world is running out of oil for gasoline. There is no rational or scientific
reason to reduce the use of gasoline except for the charge that automobile
and truck use generates "greenhouse gases", but 95 percent of all greenhouse
gases are water vapor!
and the U.S. Congress want to destroy the U.S. economy by diverting corn
from feeding the livestock and other food products that we consume and the
thousands of other uses for which it is required.
In 1992, Al
Gore's book, "Earth in the Balance", was published. It is his screed about
the way everyone is participating in the destruction of the Earth. He wrote,
"...it ought to be possible to establish a coordinated global program to accomplish
the strategic goal of completely eliminating the internal combustion engine
over, say a twenty-five year period." Look under the hood of your car. That's
an internal combustion engine.
Driving up the
cost of corn is pure genius if you want to inflict financial pain on everyone
and destroy the nation's economy.