The Global Impact Of Ethanol Production On Food Crops Essay

743 Words Mar 8th, 2015 3 Pages
In other words, let the technology drive its own economics. If ethanol is technically viable, it will discover its own place in the economy. When it is highly subsidized, there is no way to tell where it’s true economic strength lies. “Ethanol is propped up by more than 200 tax breaks and subsidies worth at least $5.5 billion a year” (Goodell). And unfortunately biofuel production is such a huge part of the U.S. economy that removing the financial support could cause an economic meltdown the full extent of which cannot be predicted. For the U.S. or any other country to grow enough supplies to manufacture significant amounts of bio-based fuels their agricultural production dedicated to food must be compromised. The raw materials for corn based ethanol production have to be grown. The issue gets worse when you look deeper into the global impact of ethanol production on food crops. “Filling the 25-gallon tank of an SUV with pure ethanol requires over 450 pounds of corn—which contains enough calories to feed one person for a year” (Runge, Senauer 42). From the corn belt of the U.S. to Europe to third world countries the push to turn food into fuel, subsidized by governments has “put the United States and Europe on a criminal path and warned continued government support for ethanol would turn the hunger crisis into a true disaster” according to Paul Merrion and Bob Tita in their profile of ADM’s CEO Patricia Woertz in their article entitled “Woertz’s Worry” They also cite U.S.…

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