NYT Blogger Hits Ethanol Again

In Ethanol by Cindy

Ladies and gentlemen, start your keyboards. New York Times “Wheels” blogger Jerry Garrett has taken another swing against ethanol in today’s “Corn Ethanol – Biofuel or Biofraud?” using the recent OECD report as ammunition. But, unlike the tortilla post, comments on this one are running more anti-ethanol, so get your voices heard. Garrett takes the position that basically the federal …

EU Biofuels Perspective

In Audio, Ethanol, Food vs Fuel, Policy by Cindy

I have been traveling abroad for the past two weeks and getting an international perspective on biofuels which has been very interesting. I have been in Germany, Belgium and Japan and biofuels has been a topic everywhere. In Brussels I was on a trip sponsored by BASF Ag Products with a group of ag journalists who had the privilege of …

Meat Industry Offers Exaggerated Perspective

In Ethanol, Food vs Fuel by Chuck

Well, just when you think you’ve seen enough on this topic, out comes another “study” that’s being used to try and negatively impact the development of ethanol in the United States. It should come as no surprise that this study was funded by the National Turkey Federation, National Chicken Council and American Meat Institute. It’s titled “Fuel Ethanol Subsidies: An …

Study Examines Food Price Reality

In Ethanol, Food vs Fuel by Chuck

In the early stages of developing Corn Commentary I realize we’ve been focusing quite a bit on ethanol and the whole food vs. fuel debate. We’ll definitely be branching out and diversifying our topics so please bear with us. Having said that I can’t help but point out some current items related to the subject that seems to be getting …

OECD and FAO Are Assumption Experts

In Current News, Ethanol by Chuck

The Organization for Economic Co-operation (OECD) and FAO have released their “OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook – 2007-2016” report. It’s worth a look if you like pages and pages of assumptions. It’s already being quoted and used by the people who want to bash the development of biofuels, most especially ethanol. There’s also a background paper from their 20th meeting of the …

Head of Chevron Clueless

In Current News, Ethanol by Chuck

Or perhaps he’s just not happy with the growth of a renewable fuel like ethanol being produced here in America to replace our dependence on foreign sources of oil while also contributing to the cleaning up of our environment. Whatever the reason (you make your own conclusion) ABC Rural reports that David O’Reilly who is the CEO and Chairman of …

Corn Facts From StrathKirn

In Ethanol by Chuck

Jim McClaren with StrathKirn, Inc. is preparing some excellent corn facts resources. Here’s a graph from the first one showing “the real cost in chained-2007$ for corn feedstock based on proportional allocation of grain (starch) and conversion rates to ethanol (saccharification and yeast process).” The cost is obviously declining. In the fact sheet which you can download here (Word doc) …

Maybe Farmers Aren’t Betting Their Farm

In Ethanol by Chuck

In a recent cover story in the St. Louis Post Dispatch you kind of get a sense of where the reporter is slanting his piece right from the get go. It’s titled, “Betting the farm • Behind the ethanol boom Gains obvious, risks evident.” You can download the piece online for a small fee. In the article the author makes …

Food-Fuel Myths in NY Times Blog Bring on Grower Comments

In Ethanol, Food vs Fuel by Cindy

Corn growers and ethanol supporters are really making their voices heard in comments to the misinformation about food, fuel and ethanol in the New York Times “Wheels” blog post “Ethanol and the Tortilla Tax.” This may have been a totally ignorant article to start with, but you have to be impressed with the forum this creates for debate. At my …

Great Response

In Ethanol, Food vs Fuel by Cindy

This is the kind of response that every ethanol supporter out there should be writing. It appears in “The Kansan.com” and was written by Dana Shifflett of Newton, who is apparently a wheat grower. I did not see the original editorial, but this writer makes excellent, well constructed points. Here are just a few – you need to read the …