Public Policy – grain and fuel

Continuing to divert more food to fuel, as is now mandated by the U.S. federal government in its Renewable Fuel Standard, will likely only reinforce the disturbing rise in hunger. By subsidizing the production of ethanol, now to the tune of some $6 billion each year, U.S. taxpayers are in effect subsidizing rising food bills read more>>

U.S. feeds a quarter of its corn to vehicles

Data Highlights: U.S. Feeds One Quarter of its Grain to Cars While Hunger is on the Rise January 21, 2010

The 107 million tons of grain that went to U.S. ethanol distilleries in 2009 was enough to feed 330 million people for one year at average world consumption levels. More than a quarter read more>>

Whose Corn?

What are the social, economic, political, and environmental characteristics of corn? How much corn is grown, U.S. and world-wide? What does it cost to grow it? Who grows it? Who benefits from it? What is it used for?What are the health impacts? What about genetically modified corn? What public policies, U.S. and elsewhere, affect the read more>>