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Germany's Biofuel Crop Concerns

Posted September 22, 2012 4:30 PM

From BBC News - Science & Environment:

As food prices around the world continue to rise, German farmers are voicing increasing concern over the economic impact of growing crops for biofuel.

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09/23/2012 3:42 PM

...and many americans are expressing the same *concern* over the growing corn for ethanol.

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09/23/2012 6:57 PM

and many americans are expressing the same *concern* over the growing corn for ethanol.

With good reason. If your fuel crop cannot give you at least 3500 gallons of fuel per acre per year, you are going to have to decide between driving and eating. And it will come to that anyway if you refuse to implement a food/fuel/fallow cropping cycle.

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09/24/2012 5:07 AM

Would that suggest that the planet is becoming a little bit too small for the number of people that live on it?

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09/24/2012 9:12 AM

Would that suggest that the planet is becoming a little bit too small for the number of people that live on it?

It could get to that point if we (as a species) do not learn some reasonable control of population growth rates, and develop some of the ancient technologies for recovering water from humid air. We need to bring areas like SW Australia and sub-Sahara Africa, along with the desert SW United States into irrigated agriculture. As an example, Somalia has no surface water resources that I can find with Google Earth, and yet daily monitoring of their dew point temperature on Weather Underground hardly ever finds a day below 70F. Solomon's fortress at Masada in Israel collected relatively large volumes of water from a similar environment.

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09/24/2012 12:04 PM

Bad "shotgun" or "knee jerk" laws passed by the US Congress, like the ethanol subsidy, brought on by bad environment thinking led to requiring 10% ethanol added to fuel and have resulted in skyrocketing corn prices. Such subsidies have cost the US Taxpayer threefold.

1. Excessive price increases not only for corn by also for beef, pork and poultry which are normally fed corn.

2. The so-called benefits of using ethanol in the gasoline have other deleterious side effects that are still being studied not too mention the corrosive side affects on older cars, trucks and boats which have cost the US Taxpayer out-of-pocket repair costs.

3. The US Taxpayer is forced to ante up subsidy money which basically raises the prices not only of gasoline but most of the food staples they must purchase. A double whammy on that score.

When people are staving to death throughout Africa where corn meal could save millions of lives, the EPA and Congress sidetrack corn to add to gasoline. What kind of priority is that? Corn is a food staple to many of the 3rd World populations. Actually sounds somewhat racist.

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