Don't blame ethanol for high food prices, lower gas prices, or the dead zone in the Gulf.
"Every year, nitrogen used to fertilize corn fields in the Midwest leaches into the Mississippi River and out into the Gulf of Mexico. Experts say the fertilizer feeds a giant algae bloom, which eventually dies and settles to the Gulf floor, consuming oxygen and suffocating marine life. The area is known as a “dead zone,” and some say the federal government’s ethanol policies are to blame.
"There is a correlation between the increased acreage of corn being planted and fertilized in the Midwest and the size and persistence of areas of hypoxia off the Mississippi River, commonly known as the “dead zone," said Larry McKinney, Ph.D., executive director of the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico studies at Texas A& M University-Corpus Christi.
There is a false assumption that ethanol production is the reason that farmers in the Midwest are growing so much corn. It is much more complicated than that and all centers around economics. Corn production went high when crop prices soared, and corn was the best return on investment for farmers."
If corn is the highest revenue crop a farmer can grow, who can fault him for raising more of it? Here, I find wheat and soybeans are very profitable in rotation so I let the corn farmers grow corn and I raise it when it fits my rotation.
If you can grow corn profitably, then grow corn. If wheat or soybeans or another crop are profitable for you, then grow them.
It's pretty simple to me. Why do we have to complicate the issue by pointing fingers>
E-85 is near $2.50 per gallon today and I thank our corn farmers.