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"Eager to ride the ethanol gravy train, wheat and soybean farmers increasingly switch to corn. Thus, hard wheat is up 86 percent, while soybeans cost 93 percent more." (Global Food Riots)
The ethanol experiment has backfired. It's time to take another look at it! (Food Crisis Starts Eclipsing Climate Change Worries)
Ed Morrissey has a good post on all of this. I agree that it makes more sense to feed people than our cars:
"Every fill of the tank with ethanol uses the same amount of corn a child would eat in a year, and let’s not even talk about the amount of potable water used to grow the corn in the first place.
Given the above, which is the better use of the corn?
If we produce ethanol from waste — such as with switchgrass, which shows promise — then no ethical problem would exist, although certainly the efficiency issues would remain.
Until then, we should end the push to turn food into fuel, driven by the global-climate-change hysteria and pandering to the agricultural sector.
Feed people ahead of cars. Is that really such a difficult concept?" (Feeding cars instead of people)
What do we do? There are no easy answers, specially with the price of oil at $120 a barrel. At the same time, it's hard to put corn in our cars and watch people go hungry around the world.