What is in this article?:
- 20 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW NOW
- 6 Raising corn is more of a gamble than playing blackjack.
- 7 The Amazon rainforest is not being cut down for soybean production.
- 8 Nearly all Midwest farmers have access to high-accuracy guidance networks.
- 9 More GPS brownouts are ahead.
- 10 Corn borer populations are rapidly shrinking in the Midwest.
- 11 Integrated pest management (IPM) isn't dead but evolving.
- 12 Glyphosate is applied too late.
- 13 Adding autoswath control to a sprayer saves 5 to 17% in applied product.
- 14 Assisted steering systems are no-brainers for return on investment.
- 15 It takes less fossil energy to produce ethanol than it takes to produce gasoline.
- 16 Ethanol does not take food away from people in developing countries.
- 17 Ethanol is not a water hog.
- 18 Livestock farmers are losing control of their animals.
- 19 Beef packs more nutrients into one 3-oz. serving than chicken does.
- 20 Small farms are not necessarily the most environmentally friendly option.
Ethanol does not take food away from people in developing countries.
WHEN CORN prices soared in the summer of 2008, a lot of people blamed ethanol. They also said it was taking away food from people in developing countries. But a Texas A & M study on food, fuel and feed reported that the chief culprit was $100-plus-per-barrel oil, as diesel and gasoline prices climbed to record highs. This resulted in increased transportation costs. High petroleum prices also added to the cost of food processing, marketing and retailing.
As far as food for developing countries is concerned, it's helpful to consider the basics of a kernel of corn. Only a corn kernel's protein and fat are used to produce feed products. The ethanol production process removes only the starch from corn. A large portion of corn's digestible energy is preserved in distillers grain, which is used in livestock and poultry feed. — Lynn Grooms