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  • J.H. Crawford
    Staggering statistic: 1/4 of US cropland is used to convert petroleum to alcohol for cars: Some short-term fixes are possible. If the US government ended the
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 11, 2011
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      Staggering statistic: 1/4 of US cropland is used
      to convert petroleum to alcohol for cars:

      "Some short-term fixes are possible. If the US government ended the subsidies for growing maize (corn) for "bio-fuels", it would return about a quarter of US crop land to food production. If people ate a little less meat, if more African land was brought into production, if more food was eaten and less was thrown away, then maybe we could buy ourselves another fifteen or twenty years before demand really outstripped supply."

      http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/01/10-1


      The travesty is that this only occurs because of subsidies
      for alcohol. There is essentially zero actual increase
      in the fuel value of the feedstocks for alcohol production.

      J.


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