Ag Secretary: "NO CORN FOR YOU!"

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    U.S. crop boom not enough to rebuild thin supplies

    So... here we have "razor thin" grain inventories, prices for food are rising, and agriculture says that diverting 36% of the entire corn harvest to ethanol production isn't enough?

    Despite criticism that using food for fuel was driving up prices and contributing to thin stockpiles, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the conference the government had no intention of scaling back on ethanol.

    "There is no reason for us to take the foot off the gas," Vilsack told the conference. "This is a great opportunity for us because we can do it all, make no mistake about it."


    THE CORN NAZI HAS SPOKEN!
     
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    It's wrong, in every sense. ethanol doesn't help the environment, in fact it uses more energy than it saves. The government knows it and has for years, going back at least to Clinton. Considering the world economy, it's just worse now:

    The Looming Food Crisis

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    The corn going to the ethanol plants comes out as corn protein called DDGs (Distiller Dried Grains). It feeds the animals that used to eat the corn & turn it into methane farts that was 15 times stronger of a greenhouse gas than CO2.

    The reason prices are high is because China is now buying most of our Corn & DDGs. Our US Dollar is so weak it makes our Corn & DDGs cheap to foreigners. Ben Bernanke & his printing press will make the commodity prices based on US Dollars keep on rising.

    When our government prints money it takes almost 2 years to cause inflation. So they print & later when inflation shows up they blame shortages to deflect criticism. This is the same old scam governments have been pulling on it's citizens for ever. Just wait, all kinds of shortages are about to show up. Ask yourself - Why is Cotton 3 times higher than 2 years ago? Oil? Wheat? Copper?
     
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    Why is there a tariff on ethanol imported by the U.S.? To protect Big Ag's monopoly?

    And if that isn't enough, Big Ag is dumping yet more corn onto Mexican markets and squeezing out local farmers.
     
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    Grain is getting dumped on many foreign countries because it is cheap for them to buy it up due to our weak ass US dollar. It makes our grains cheaper than theirs. Get used to high food, energy, clothing & copper wire prices here for the same reason.
     
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    Burning food is one of those events in the history of the universe which qualifies as a 'bad idea'.
     
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    "Never let a crisis go to waste" Rahm Emanuel. Do the g-damned math. Oil is the product of tens of millions of years of decomposition of organic matter. How the hell does the government think a crop of corn is going to make any difference in fossil fuel consumption? Thanks to democrat party policies we are dependent on foreign politics and we are sending our treasure to oil producing countries while the president tells us to be patient, a substitute for oil is right around the corner.
     
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    There is no substitute for oil. Ethanol can only replace 12% of our current fuel consumption. Your life will completely change without oil.
     
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    We do not have a lack of land for food, we have a lack of farmers. I live on a farm, and most of my family farms, and most of them either: A) Stay on the farm or B) Join the military. Problem is, staying on the farm is rough work, and if you fail, you really fail. If your farm goes down, it's not like a corporation where you have money set aside, say goodbye to your normal life.

    I hope to farm once I retire from the USAF, but really, I don't ever want to be like my other family members, large-scale farming. Also, I hope we don't end up going hungry, but me personally, I am pretty sure if we worked efficiently, as of now, we could self-exist on the acreage we have, but honestly, beans/corn could get old quick.
     
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    One thing about the USAF, and I don't mean it to be critical. You either fly or you wipe wings. If you want to spend a career wiping wings it's fine. Personally I'm biased toward the Marines. Every Marine, including pilots, is a rifleman. Think about it.
     

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