20 Aug '11, 10pm

Where Did "More" Corn Ethanol Really Come From?

There was never any 'empty' prime farmland on which to produce the increasingly large crop of Federally subsidized ethanol-corn (see Figure 1). Over the last decade, agricultural land use was swapped to get the job done. Whether a coincidence or not, a steep uptick in ethanol production kicked in as "W" took office and, according to USDA data , "the simultaneous net expansion of corn and soybean acreage resulted from a reduction in cotton acreage, a shift from uncultivated hay to cropland, and the expansion of double cropping (consecutively producing two crops of either like or unlike commodities on the same land within the same year)." Several important insights follow from the USDA land use acreage swap information. Mostly negative on the environmental side. This is strong evidence that House Republicans were right to push for eliminating Federal corn-ethanol subsidies: ...

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