[permaculture] ethanol production - higher egg prices - may be a link

David Glober david.glober at yahoo.com
Sat Mar 22 14:42:03 EDT 2008

another aspect of a now-not-so-new story ...

Corn farmers have been selling more of their harvest to be processed into fuels, and that has driven up the cost of the part of the crop that goes into various animal feeds.
  The lure of the ethanol market also has caused many farmers to replant what normally would be soybean acres into corn, Sumner said. The resulting drop in soybean acreage has boosted prices for that versatile crop, which is the other key constituent of henhouse cuisine.
 "One-half of the farm price of eggs is the feed price," Sumner said. "And about half of the retail price of eggs is the farm price.


David Glober ~ San Francisco
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