Drought, food, and fuel

Drought in the US shines harsh light on the lunacy of converting food into vehicle fuel. According to the US Department of Agriculture, the corn yield this year will drop to its lowest level since 1995. With 40% of the corn crop now used for the production of fuel ethanol, the federal requirement for which rises yearly, corn prices are leaping in the US and around the world. Because rising corn prices levitate the costs of feeding livestock, meat prices are rising, too. From inside and outside the US, calls have sounded for a waiver of the grain-ethanol mandate, which reached 13.2 billion gal this year en route to a peak of 15 billion gal in 2015. One such call comes from the top food off...

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