Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

WIS. corn growers still selling ethanol idea

I just heard another ethanol radio ad. It stated, there is "only 8 cents of corn in a box of cornflakes." Then it tried to sell me on the idea that only 20% of the corn crop goes to ethanol production and that biofuel corn is not sweet corn--I would break my teeth on it. In other words, it is not human food corn, so don't worry about it causing food prices to rise. You can't eat it.

No, I cannot eat field corn, but chickens, turkeys, pigs, cows, etc. DO eat it!

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Last fall I noticed the turkey supply was lower. Usually I stock up on at least 3 turkeys when stores offer them at greatly reduced prices. Last November however, I could not get an inexpensive turkey greater than 21# and I was only able to get one. I asked the butcher if they had any larger ones. He said, NO, because corn prices were so high last year, the turkey growers did not produce as many large birds.

So how is it that 20% of non sweet corn does not affect me?

The radio ad also stated we embarked on ethanol production to avoid foreign oil. But help me out here, wasn't the original purpose of ethanol to lower air pollution?


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