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

Harmon Seaver hseaver at gmail.com
Sat Mar 22 19:42:34 EDT 2008


   This is just part of the disinformation campaign being run by Big Oil
against biofuels. No animal feed is lost in the making of ethanol -- it
is, in fact, made into a higher quality feed. Animals gain more weight
and gain it faster, on the spent mash. Cows give more milk, etc. And
last I looked, soybeans were not the food of choice for chickens.
    So the whole concept that food prices are going up because of
ethanol is a flat-out lie.  Food prices are going up because fertilizer,
pesticide, tractor fuel, and transportation costs are going up -- all
due to the rise in oil and natural gas prices. Seed costs are also going
up.
   If anything, grain being used for ethanol production before being fed
to animals should lower food prices, not raise them.




David Glober wrote:
> 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.
> http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/03/22/BUCDVNP1V.DTL
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