When you see the FlexFuel badge on a car or truck, just think about higher food prices. The car or truck with this badge could be burning food product to power the Vehicle. If they are burning e-85 ethanol fuel, corn or some food grain use used to produce the ethanol. Even if a non food product, like switchgrass was use it still effect food prices. Land that would normally be used to grow corn was use to rise the switchgrass.
All this drives up food cost. We see the higher prices reflected in beef, dairy and grain products. A better solution to our consumption of oil is true renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and hydro.
But as dumb Americans we follow the corporate lead and burn our food to fuel our cars!
May 25, 2005 a senate panel votes, unanimously, to encourage ethanol production. The Panel was lead by Senator Jim Talent (r-Mo) in a response to higher gasoline prices. The oil industry opposed the plan clamming that the wide use of such a policy would lead to higher food prices.
Then that same year, 2005, Congress instructed the Environmental Protection agency to enforce the Renewable Standards Act. Which required at least 7.5 billion gallons of renewable fuels be added too and blended into our existing fossil fuel by the year 2012. And so starts the process that is giving us higher food prices today.
Now jump forward to 2008 looking at two staple we all need, back in Feb 2006 corn was $2.28 per bushel just a few months ago Feb 2008 the price per bushel rose to $5.46. This is almost double the cost in just 24 months. Wheat another staple food item was $3.48 per bushel in Feb 2006; now in Feb 2008 it is $11.21/bushel.
Why is the price of basic food elements climbing so fast? Because we are burning our food crops to fuel our cars, trucks and lawn mowers. So we cause a shift in the food paradigm. We create an entirely new use and market for crops that are scarce in the world today. Maybe the crops are not scarce today in America but large parts of the world are starving. People are dying every day because they do not have any food.
Then here in America, not only do we waist food, but now we burn our food crops for transportation. The rest of the world is watching and now trying to import more food crops. They just want to protect their own countries food supply. The result is again, more pressure on the food supply that results in higher prices. We are truly dumb americans.
We need to stop the push for ethanol as a renewable fuel before we all starve to death. I would rather have the option of not filling up my car at $9.00 a gallon for gasoline opposed to not being able to eat.
How dumb are we? We are eating ourselve to death!
We are all eating more. Unless you are living under a rock. If you go to any fast food or takeout place all the portions are bigger. We use to drink an 8 ounce beverage and be satisfied, but thet was 20 years ago. Then it was the 12 ounce can, then the 16 ounce bottle now it is the 32 or 64 ounces big gulp cups. The cups are so big they have a smaller bottoms so they fit in a standard cup holder.
Same story with the American hamburger. The standard 19 cents burger, 20 years ago, with ketchup, muster and a pickle was all we wanted. Then came the double decker burger, followed buy the quarter ponder, quad stacker, the double double and now the one third ponder of angus beef. We are also adding more than just ketchup, muster and a pickle. First it was cheese, then cheese and bacon, now you can get just about anything on you burger including pastrami, chili and who knows what. Take this portion quiz on how portions have changed in the last 20 years.
Look at the names of how we refer to the food products we buy, Super sized, King size, Fat burger, Grandy, Grand, Large, Biggie and the adjectives go on… And the old small and medium are now called sample, kiddie sizes. After all how can a real adult order a kiddie size drink. I order the petite prim rib cut all the time, why not just call it the 8 ounce cut.
The scary thing is we are getting fatter at a faster pace. Check out these CDC trends at the CDC. In 1985 most states had about 10% of their population classified as over weight. In 1990 most states had about 12% of their population classified as over weight. Over weight being an additional 30 pounds for a 5 foot 4 inch person. In 2006 the 12% has climbed to 22% and about half of the states have 27% of there population classified as overweight. Just take a look around the next time you are out for a bite, and you start to notice the number of people that are over weight (myself included, I could loose 30 lb).
How dumb are we? We have the American government and corporate America promoting and encouraging us to burn our food supply to power our cars. The thing is we are buying the that line of thinking as it makes us feel good because we are using a renewable green product too fuel our cars.
Look at this government site www.fueleconomy.gov or look at GM site pushing Flex-fuel cars www.gm.com. All push the idea of burning our food (bio fuel) for fueling our cars.
We start using grain to make ethanol gasoline also know as bio fuel for automobiles because it is renewal. Then look at what is happening to the price of our food. As we burn more grain the cost of feed for live stock starts going up. The price increase in grain will work its way to your table as higher prices for milk, meat and grain based products (breads and breakfast cereals). The basics food needs for all us. Do not forget that the farmer needs grain for his live stock. That live stock is used to make milk, cheese and other dairy based products. So if we keep burning grain to fuel our cars, that puts a higher demand on grain and prices go up. And food prices will continue to go up as we migrate from petroleum fuels to grain based fuels.
Ok, so let use other crop products for fuel. Like switchgrass, it grows fast, can grow in a wide area in North America, has a better yield per acre then corn and it is not a food crop. Great idea so then we will not be burning our food supply to fuel our cars. So more the farmers can grow switchgrass and make lost of money turning that cash crop into fuel to power our cars. Everyone wins! But now the farmers will stop growing food crops and use their land to grow cash rich fuel crops. So now there is less acreage being farmed with food crops and more land dedicated to fuel crops and what happens to food prices, they go up.
We need to stop burning our food to power our cars! Before you know it we will be all starving to death as we drive our cars powered by our renewable, green fuel. As we will not be able to buy food due to the ever increasing price, or there will no be any food to buy.