Tighten your Corn Belt: World begs U.S. to stop burning away shrinking food supply

The potential effect on corn of the 2012 droughtIn the second Hunger Games novel, pragmatic heroine Katniss attends a lavish banquet hosted in “The Capitol.” Katniss, from a district hovering at the cusp of starvation, is revolted to find out that Capitol natives maximize their food options by drinking glasses of a syrup-of-ipecac-like substance, purging their stomachs so they can continue to gorge themselves.

What would she think of the U.S. Capitol’s current ethanol mandates that inventively waste food by burning it off in car engines, a policy based on debunked environmental benefits and a handful of votes in a battleground state?

This mandated glass of stomach-churning regulation remains a primary component of United States energy and environmental policy, elevating food prices worldwide and further destabilizing countries hovering at the edge of political unrest.

Saving Obama the trouble of appointing yet another commission to study the issue, the deleterious effects of biofuel subsidies and mandates have already been well documented.

Both the public and private sector have catalogued in-depth the rise in food prices caused by the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act that reallocated corn harvests from hungry stomachs to internal combustion engines. The Congressional Budget Office showed that the mandates accounted for ten to fifteen percent of the price rise from 2007-2008, and the National Chicken Council commissioned a study showing a seventy-nine percent acceleration in the Consumer Price Index for meat, poultry, fish, and eggs since the bill went into law. A full forty percent of the current corn crop is dedicated to fuel instead of food.  Continue reading