Many have predicted that the demand for corn to create ethanol will raise food prices and lead to shortages. To catch headlines, the Times focuses on one casualty of ethanol cars
the french fry mobiles (I call them that because they smell like fries if you find yourself behind one on the road):
What’s the connection between ethanol, the biofuel produced from corn, and a cherry vanilla ice-cream?
Answer: the first is responsible for pushing up the price of the other.
This month, the price of milk in the United States surged to a near-record in part because of the increasing costs of feeding a dairy herd. The corn feed used to feed cattle has almost doubled in price in a year as demand has grown for the grain to produce ethanol.
Ice cream is cute, but the real story behind this story is that demand on corn is going to increase the price for everything we need to eat: meat, chicken, milk, you name it. Those driving ethanol powered green cars
french fry mobiles, if they really have a social conscience, would do better to walk.
Hat tip: Drudge
UPDATE: SugarDog Fox reminded me that I confused ethanol with bio-diesel. My basic point remains the same, but I feel silly, and have corrected my post accordingly.
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