The Devil Is in the (DDGS) Details

In Biofuels, Distillers Grains, Ethanol, Food vs Fuel by Cathryn

In yet another gross simplification of a complex situation, a media uproar has given new life to the food versus fuel debate of 2008. A throwback to election years past, this perennial panic-producing paradox invades our homes yet again coaxing us to join the fracas. It seems simple. Choose how the nation’s corn crop should be used. Everyone scream an …

Global Warming: Could Media-Generated Hot Air Be a Cause?

In Farming, Food, Food Prices, Food vs Fuel, General, Media, Production, weather by Cathryn

As temperatures across the Midwest soar into the triple digits with little chance for rain or relief in sight, talking heads have started to blabber on again about how the drought will hit consumer’s wallets.  Adding further pain to the heat-induced misery, these armchair economists stoke the fires of already burning financial concerns. Yelling “fire” in a crowded theater may …

Year-in-Review: Our Bloggers Favorite Posts from 2011

In Food vs Fuel, Guest Blogger by Cathryn

As Corn Commentary prepares for the New Year, our bloggers look back at some of their favorite posts about agriculture that appeared on other blogs throughout the year.  In April, The Farmer’s Life ran “Corn Use, Food Prices and Ethanol,” which offered insight into the food versus fuel debate from a fresh perspective.  This insightful piece, authored by a farmer …

Talking Turkey About Food Prices

In Ethanol, Food, Food Prices, Food vs Fuel by Cindy

Thanksgiving dinner this year will cost more, but it’s still a bargain no matter how you slice it. According to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), the retail cost of menu items for a classic Thanksgiving dinner including turkey, stuffing, cranberries, pumpkin pie and all the basic trimmings increased about 13 percent this year. That may seem like a lot, …

The Potential of 7 Billion

In Food, Food vs Fuel, General by Cindy

This week, the world population hit exactly 7 billion (give or take a few million), coincidentally celebrated by the United Nations on the eve of All Hallows Day, better known as Halloween. The better to scare you with, my dear. The milestone was marked by hundreds of scary stories predicting the end of the world as we know it, since …

When the Numbers Do Lie

In Distillers Grains, Ethanol, Food vs Fuel, Livestock by Cathryn

In a world of splashy magazine covers and sexed-up headlines, it can be easy to obscure the facts with so-called data. Correlating figures to create data may sounds simple, but in choosing how to present the aggregated collection and conclusions of research, the data suppliers become the gatekeepers to the truth. To effectively assess the validity of the information, it …

You Always Pay in the End

In Ethanol, feed, Food, Food Prices, Food vs Fuel, Livestock, poultry by Cathryn

Every reasonable adult knows that you always end up paying in the end.  If you skimp in one area, you tend to make up the difference somewhere else in your life.  So why does a small group of meat and poultry producers think that consumers are so reactionary they will thoughtlessly support short-sighted energy policies to save a few bucks?  …

Busted! Argonne Scientist Counters Ethanol Myths

In Current News, Environmental, Ethanol, Food, Food Prices, Food vs Fuel, Research, Water by Cathryn

With all of the misinformation about ethanol flying around, some consumers have become confused about who they can and cannot trust as a source of information.  Why not go straight to the experts?  An Argonne National Laboratory Transportation Technology R&D Center Mechanical Engineer has decided to clear the air and let everyone in on what scientists already know – ethanol …

Biofuels and Food Security

In Ethanol, Food vs Fuel, General by Cindy

By now, the number 9,000,000,000 has burned itself into the brains of everyone in agriculture. That’s the number of people the world is estimated to hold by the year 2050. And the constant refrain is “How are we going to feed them?” However, it’s not a question of how much food we can produce. Enough food is already produced in …

Canada Ends Food Versus Fuel Debate

In Food vs Fuel by Cindy

It’s official – the Grain Farmers of Ontario have proclaimed that the food versus fuel debate is over. That’s what the organization heralded this week with the release of a new report on “Effects of Biofuels and Bioproducts on the Environment, Crop and Food Prices and World Hunger,” which they say “should put an end to the ongoing debate of …