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Agriculture Dept. OKs industrial biotech corn

There are 5 comments on the WisInfo story from Feb 12, 2011, titled Agriculture Dept. OKs industrial biotech corn. In it, WisInfo reports that:

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack approved a biotech corn variety Friday that was engineered solely for producing fuel ethanol.

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Orange Park, FL

#1 Feb 14, 2011
Instead of planting corn that is capable of feeding people we are now going to plant corn that takes edible corn directly out of the mouths of those that are hungry. Insanity. Yet a solution exists. Let's make a fuel product that starts with something we would normally throw away. Fuel, not electricity, fuel that could be burned by any vehicle. Look down into your waste-basket..see that. That is what we need..if it used to be alive, it can be turned into HMA...or in plain-speak. Higher Mixed Alcohol, more that ethanol, it is composed of up to eight different's tradename? E4 Envirolene. We want to make it here, there..anywhere a municipality already deposits their tons of refuse. w w w. BiorootEnergy.c o m.
Florida Alliance for Clean Energy. FACE


#2 Feb 22, 2011
Why not algae? It's renewable, has no affect on the food channel and consumes C02.
Billy Bobs second cousin


#3 Feb 23, 2011
anonymous wrote:
Why not algae? It's renewable, has no affect on the food channel and consumes C02.
You ain't never seen the inside of my Frig. Ifyou think algaehas no effect on food supply you should see it and you would know better. lol
Eric Tatham

Kocaeli, Turkey

#4 Apr 2, 2011
That ethanol production increases the food prices is also not totally right, first there is a by-product called "distillers dried grains with solubles", which is used as feed for livestock, that is also nothing else than food. Moreover, by using ethanol, you put pressure on oil prices, which has also an important effect on food prices. You also give your money for more research (again labour), which will yield in higher efficiency of
production and alternative production methods like cellulosic ethanol, which will change the whole equation. Again in case of oil this money would be spent for oil rigs, oil-infrastructure, but also for weapons to defend the oil.
By using ethanol, you produce less CO2, since it is produced by corn, which actually consumed the CO2 in the air for its growing. The more people use ethanol, the higher the efficiencies will come for production (similar to solar cells). The prices will go further down, and much less CO2 will be produced during production in the plant.
Do you know that the production efficiencies already improved 30%?(1)
Finally inceased food prices will lead to enrichment of the poor farmers in poor countries, since they will plant more, since farming will be affordable for them.(2)

Nebraska Corn Grower

United States

#5 Aug 2, 2011
The misconceptions are horrible I hate when uneducated people post false statements online. Fact- The corn humans eat off the cob or out of a can is not the same stuff that is grown on millions of acres around the world. Some of that corn is made into products such as chips or corn meal however most of the corn that farmers grow in their field is rarely eaten on your table it is used as a feed for animals to produce products like pork and Beef. And by making ethanol the alcohol is the only thing being removed the part that is left is actually a better animal feed than the plain corn was before the ethanol making process because now it is processed and more edible for livestock. So in short there is no food being taken from anyones plate by ethanol it is just making an affordable alternative to fill your gas tank.

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