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    Decrease of food

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    Will this effect the way you cook, purchase food, ect?


    Group says 'misguided' ethanol boom pushing up food prices
    By HENRY C. JACKSON Associated Press Writer and Tribune Staff

    DES MOINES, Iowa The nation's fascination with ethanol is pushing food prices upward and raising the specter of potential shortages, according to a report released by a Washington-based policy group.

    The country's ethanol push is a "misguided effort to reduce its oil insecurity," according to the Earth Policy Institute report. The report released Thursday suggests the ethanol boom will hit U.S. consumers in their pocketbooks and cause far-reaching problems in the developing world.

    "One of the consequences of this enormous shift of grain is that hunger and malnutrition, which were supposed to be declining during this period, haven't," said Lester R. Brown, the institute's president and the author of the report. "They are now projecting that the 800 million people (living in hunger) will number 1.2 billion by 2025."

    Brown, speaking in a conference call with reporters, said he believes the rapid rise in corn and grain prices during the biofuel boom is causing a slew of unintended consequences. In addition to rising prices, the U.S. will ultimately export less grain, harming nations that rely on imports, he said.
    Brown noted that overconsumption also will impact the world's reserve supplies.

    "We've seen world grain consumption exceeding production," Brown said. "We've been drawing stocks down. ... Carry-over stocks of grain equal only 54 days of world consumption. That's not much more than pipeline supplies."

    In total, the Earth Policy Institute's report offers a harsh view of an industry that has exploded in the Corn Belt. In 2007, Farmers in the region grew more corn than ever before, an emphatic response to demands from the ethanol industry.

    Dozens of ethanol plants are in operation or under construction in Iowa, Illinois, North Dakota and South Dakota. In Iowa, Gov. Chet Culver has staked millions of dollars in state money to further developing the state's renewable fuel industry.

    For more than a decade, Agri-Technology Corp. pitched a $300 million ethanol plant in Great Falls, even going so far as to get an air-quality permit in 2001. But backers never were able to secure the financing needed to build the plant that would have converted Montana's wheat into a fuel additive.

    Advocates for ethanol said that Brown's assessment ignores other factors that affect global food supplies and prices. They say the report wrongly places blame on the ethanol industry.

    "To single out ethanol and biofuels and place the blame for all the ills of the world is a terribly myopic approach to a complex issue," said Matthew Hartwig, a spokesman for the Washington-based Renewable Fuels Association.

    Hartwig acknowledged that ethanol might bear some responsibility for increased grain and food prices, but said the impact was fractional compared to other issues.

    "Oil prices have gone up 40 or 50 percent and it takes a great deal of oil, in particular, to transport and process food," Hartwig said. "Certainly ethanol has had an impact in strengthening the price of commodities, but the impact on food price is minimal at best."

    Hartwig added that the emergence of ethanol could offer benefits to farmers in less-developed countries.

    "Higher commodity prices can provide some opportunities for farmers in smaller countries," he said. "They could invest in more of the technology they need to be more productive."
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    I read that in the paper today too.

    As of right now my opinion is that No, it will not change how & what we buy & cook. We still have to eat. I've started buying non name brand items on somethings in order to help try and save money though.
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    My DH and I are planning in making more of our stuff. It will be more like Little House on the Prairie here. As long as I don't have to purchase a long skirt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DakotaCowgirl View Post
    My DH and I are planning in making more of our stuff. It will be more like Little House on the Prairie here. As long as I don't have to purchase a long skirt.


    What kind of stuff are you planning on making vs. buying?
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    I plan on making a lot of things from scratch. I am trying to go gluten, wheat, & dairy free and see if it helps not only Jacob but myself as well. The oldest is allergic to dairy so it will also benefit him.

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