Farming the Earth to Death

Forget pipelines. This is far worse.

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you are just wrong

Mike,
Believe it or not the US used more fertilizer in 1980 before ethanol than today with record ethanol production. We grow the corn with or without ethanol.

The corn belt grew more corn in the 1980s before ethanol than today. Nebraska grew more corn in the early 30s than today as did the US in the 20s, 30s, and 40s.

Corn ethanol is a value added product of feed production which uses a waste stream(the carbohydrates) from it while leaving the feed(proteins, fats, and minerals) alone, even enhanced to be more productive, more digestible and healthier for the animals.

It does compete with high fructose corn syrup with you and I agree is not fit for human consumption(or cattle consumption).

There is a growing movement in ag towards soil health using no-till, cover crops, and other things to sequester nutrients and even manufactures them while reducing the need for chemicals and insecticides. This will cure the problems, ending ethanol will do absolutely nothing. Search pioneering farmer Gabe Brown from North Dakota on YouTube for more information.

There are thousands of abandoned oil platforms in the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico that ethanol distilleries could be built which could grow kelp on nets in that nutrient rich area around them to make 30,000 gallons/acre in an area 1/2 mile around them to equal 640 acres. The ethanol could be shipped to shore in their abandoned pipelines. The distillers grains could be sold as natural fertilizer or be fed back to the kelp if needed(unlikely).

Ethanol optimized engines made of cheap recycled cast iron are far more efficient than any fuel on earth and burn almost pollution free. We need to go in this direction.

Al Fletch 265 days ago