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Ethanol Craze: Corn Is For Food, Not Fuel

Chris Mitchell
August 12, 2008, 11:48am

Politicians are going crazy for ethanol, touting it as a cure-all that will reduce both pollution and our dependence on foreign oil. But a new Reason.tv video shows ethanol subsidies are costing taxpayers a massive $8 billion this year and that as much as 60 percent of the increase in world food prices can be blamed on biofuel subsidies. "Ethanol is bad for taxpayers, bad for the environment, and horrible for the world's poor," Nick Gillespie, editor of Reason.tv, declares in the video. We are paying more for beef, milk, and eggs because the ethanol craze has increased demand for corn, driving up prices and diverting corn that used to go towards food products and feeding livestock. "We are in the midst of a world food crisis. Several million people are on the edge of starvation because we are turning food into fuel. The amount of corn that it takes to produce a 20 gallon tank of ethanol could feed one person for an entire year," Reason magazine Science Correspondent Ronald Bailey says. Full Video: Silly Senator, Corn Is for Food! Archive of Reason.tv's Drew Carey Videos 2003 Reason Foundation Study: Is a Federal Ethanol Mandate Worth It? (.pdf)

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