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Ethanol Economy

I have some distinctly mixed feelings on moving to ethanol.  Mostly, my regard is to the supply side of the entire issue.  Ethanol is primarily produced from corn in the United States.  We tend to use most of our corn to feed animals which we later eat (pretty inefficient) or we eat it directly.  The problem is that by producing the ethanol from our food source, we’re slowly limiting our food source.  Of course, if we bypassed the animal part of the equation, we would save tremendous amounts of grain.  Plus, the few animals we do use can be fed from leftovers of the ethanol brewing process.  Hmm..  I know there’s quite a bit more to the whole issue.  I see this as a mild supplement but never as a replacement to our fuel dilemma.

This post was ultimately sparked by a representation of all this at Frostfireseeds.com.