Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Ethanol not to blame for tortilla prices

Ethanol has come under an insane amount of scrutiny. Mexican residents are blaming it for the increased cost of their tortillas. Americans are livid because they have been lead to believe that it is to blame for high prices of meat, milk and eggs.

In short, people are looking for a scapegoat for the increasing cost of food.

The USDA, though, has just released a report stating that ethanol is not solely to blame for higher food prices. The real culprit is actually, wait for it, oil prices. No shit, huh? Who could have imagined that oil prices which effect transportation costs would have an influence on food prices? Wow. There's a revelation but because too many Americans and others in various countries around the world want to blame the evil ethanol for their woes, they will do and say anything to downplay the fact that ethanol, while anything but perfect, is at least a band aid for the gash that is our dependence on oil.

I am not an apologist for ethanol. As I said, it isn't perfect but for the time being it is the only viable alternative that is widely available. Until our narrow-minded and short-sighted leaders make something as viable as ethanol that is better than a break-even energy solution, embrace it.


Adam said...

i think it is kind of weird, though, how much stock people put into ethanol. the gas isn't THAT much cheaper and it's about the same cost to produce it if not more expensive. it's kind of a conspiracy theory i suppose but it just seems like this is the "alternative fuel" (if you can remotely call it that) that automobile and oil companies are backing. which is odd then since most people don't trust either industry on the whole and complain about one's profits inparticular. The only benefit to ethanol are cleaner emissions. But we need something radically different from this kind of stuff to actually make a difference.

Hammer said...

It takes a lot of imported fuel to make a gallon of ethanol. The tons fertilizer is almost a pure petroleum product, the irrigation pumps, farm machinery and everything that touches that corn uses imported oil.

Smells fishy.

buffalodickdy said...

Good article recently on this subject in Natl. Geographic. Reality is that the U.S.A. planted more corn this past season than it has in forever, ethanol is driving up the price of corn, and it isn't as efficient as it someday will be when married to other oil saving technologies like solar, wind, and things yet to come....