A crop shortage should provoke policy changes

  • Article by: EDITORIAL , Chicago Tribune
  • Updated: October 2, 2012 - 11:38 AM

Are you listening, Congress?

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ranger1873Oct. 2, 1212:00 PM

Maybe we could stop putting corn in our gas tanks too.

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easyed321Oct. 2, 1212:02 PM

On the bright side, maybe there'll be less products made with High Fructose Corn Syrup, and maybe less obesity in this country.

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boylanOct. 2, 1212:13 PM

1/3 of corn grown in this country is used to make ethanol which is used as a fuel and fuel additive. Some ethanol is required as an additive in gasoline to replace MTBE which is fine but be far the balance is an obscene use of feed stock because it raise the cost of fuel AND food products. For greens, known that ethanol is harder on the environment than gasoline because of high inputs to grow corn and transport costs on the back end (ethanol is not pipeline friendly and gets shipped in rail cars). For red necks, using corn for fuel raises the cost of beer* and brats (beef). Soon only the rich will be able to afford beer and the rest will have to be satisfied with Chardonnay. *beer doesn't contain corn, duh, but high corn prices drive more farmers to switch to corn which reduces acreage going to other crops so their prices go up too.

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vooch11Oct. 2, 1212:43 PM

I read an article the other day stating that there was to much corn to process and it would have been dicarded if not for a group who took it nad made sure it went to needy families.

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hrearden57Oct. 2, 1212:48 PM

We have record farm income, $8/bu corn, $10000 per acre land. America is broke. We have a trillion dollar deficit. When do we quit spending?

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redkayakOct. 2, 1212:51 PM

The article on too much corn was sweet corn. Which is a perishable crop. This article is about field corn which is different type of crop.

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jonahspaOct. 2, 12 1:13 PM

The corn that went to needy families was sweet corn, not field corn. As for the drought - corn being harvested in Central Minnesota is running almost as good as last year. Media loves "gloom and doom" stories. Using corn for fuel in cars/trucks is a poor use, but we will NOT have a shortage unless the big corp. wants one.

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furguson11Oct. 2, 12 1:58 PM

just sell it to the highest bidder

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rhanOct. 2, 12 2:19 PM

How about if we let the free market work and get the government out of the business of corn and its by products...

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voteridproOct. 2, 12 2:21 PM

Dump it on the ground and raise the prces like in years past?

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