Tax Dollars + Corn = Ethanol

Posted on August 26, 2012 by


If you pay any attention to energy issues, you may believe it impossible that a major media outlet could run a long story about escalating food prices without even once mentioning the role of the federal government madates regarding ethanol as part of the equation. You’d be wrong.

Writer Glenn Smith has managed to accomplish just that, by focusing the article on the plight of folks trying to put food on the table. In fact, he barely touches upon the underlying causes of the upward trend in food costs:

Extreme heat and an extended dry spell have put a big hurt on corn, soybean and grain harvests in several states. These shortfalls are expected to have ripple effects in global food markets, driving up prices for everything from beef and dairy to corn flour and cereal, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

That over 40% of corn production is diverted to low-energy ethanol production, subsidized by the US government and mandated in fuel mixtures is completely omitted from the image painted. American mainstream media today can only be used as a starting point in the quest for news and information, as they have essentially evolved into “house organs”.