George Bush, Meet Michael Pollan

According to the New York Times, "In his State of the Union address, President Bush is expected to call for a huge increase in the amount of ethanol that refiners mix with gasoline, probably double the current goal of 7.5 billion gallons by 2012." The Times goes on to say "Corn-based ethanol can only marginally reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil. But it does little, if anything, to improve energy efficiency, and the mounting concern of some politicians is that relying on corn is leading to collateral damage in other parts of the agricultural economy and threatening the nation’s status as the leading corn exporter. The big increase in the works may mean consumers would end up paying more at the supermarket." In our review of the Omnivore's Dilemma, we said "If you eat industrially, you are made of corn. It holds together your McNuggets, it sweetens your soda pop, it fattens your meat, it is everywhere." In Mexico they are rioting over the price of tortillas. What will happen here when citizens start complaining about the price of their basic foods, all made from corn? ::New York Times

Tags: Corn | Ethanol

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