[Homestead] Ethanol and Corn
lurine at softcom.net
Fri Apr 11 00:24:34 EDT 2008
Your corn numbers are out of date. Even mine are out of date but closer to
current (2006) with 25% of the corn going to ethanol. I don't have 2007
numbers but they were expected to be higher.
And ethanol is a total waste when it is made from corn. Corn ethenol is an
extremely low BTU which is why MPGs are reduced when ethanol is added to
fossil fuel and reduced even more with the higher the % of ethanol to
Of course, using something like switch grass which would produce a much
higher BTU and thus better MPGs won't happen because that would feed the
pockets of politicians OR big agri-business or any of the others sucking off
the government subsidy trough.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Fred Enga, Astechman" <fenga at astechman.com>
> In fact the ethanol/corn debate is skewed on the impact of ethanol on corn
> In the United States, 57 percent of the corn crop is fed to animals. The
> livestock industry is the corn producers' leading customer. In 2003, beef
> cattle were fed more than 1.4 billion bushels of corn, while hogs consumed
> 1.1 billion bushels and poultry another 1.3 billion bushels.
> Eleven percent of U.S. corn production goes into ethanol, while another 19
> percent or 1.9 billion bushels is exported. The balance of the crop is
> for food, seed and industrial uses.
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