Food Or Fuel?


With farm bill drama wreaking havoc in Congress, people are starting to think about corn. More specifically, what should we be doing with all the corn we grow in farms around the United States. Here’s an interesting look at the debate between ethanol fuel and food production.

Source: resourcemedia


Of course, this is only part of the story. Eight bushels of corn might be able to feed one person for a whole year, but my guess is that statistic is based on feeding a person a diet of cheap, processed food. Perhaps instead of focusing so intently on corn production, we should diversify crops, therefore promoting a healthy lifestyle for everyone. Overall, this is an important debate to have. What do you think? Where should the US government be putting its resources when it comes to farming?


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Kelly Rogers3 years ago


Mary Mattarelli
Mary Mattarelli3 years ago


Terry Vanderbush
Terry V.3 years ago

Pollution and more more murdering of our planet

Sarah n.
m m.3 years ago

Who the hell just eats corn all year? The corn produced today is GMO's - therefore not fit to be fed to humans, OR animals, so it MUST go as fuel. P.S. All the corn is failing and dying now because it is GMO's and not the natural corn that survived THOUSANDS OF YEARS through natural selection!! Sorry Monsanto but you cannot beat NATURE!

Jane Fox
Jane Fox3 years ago


Patricia Garcia Ces
Patricia Ces3 years ago

Very interesting -and useful- post!!

Patricia Garcia Ces
Patricia Ces3 years ago

Very interesting -and useful- post!!

John De Tellem
John d.3 years ago

doug g - Ethanol(alcohol) is ruining scores of internal combustion engines, not designed to run on the crap, at a time when few can afford to replace once reliable machinery.

I drive a '63 Corvair, a '75 GT Vega, (they are chevy products for you youngsters) and an '61 F 100 (they were before the 150's and 250's for you youngsters) and I use ethanol in them all.
Also, all of my I.C. tools (lawn mowers, chain saws etc.) use ethanol and they all run fine.

AND billie c - the corn that is grown for fuel is not something people can eat unless it's been processed, it is called field corn.

Field corn is fed, with no special processing, to all of our meat products (cattle, bovine, foul etc.)
The price of hamburger has quadrupled in the last several years since obama put out his executive order on ethanol.

I agree with using ethanol but it should be made from grasses, Iowa has 800,000 acres of roadside ditches, plus county and cities roads and streets. Corn stalks can also be used, any vegetation. The stalks are just left in the fields.

Harley Williams
Harley W.3 years ago

It is so good to read that people can understand that using food to make fuel is a bad idea. Now if we can get the people in government to think. We can only try.

Yvette S.
Yvette S.3 years ago

Interesting info