Yes folks — it’s been out there….ethanol is responsible for the food shortages in the middle east. I mean — it’s using up so much corn right? And even if you are using it just as livestock feed it still makes prices go up — because there isn’t enough corn to feed the cows….and so feed is more expensive….making our food more expensive….I’ve heard that idea expressed around the water cooler.
Well — according to John Block, former Secretary of the USDA, there’s no connection to food prices and ethanol production. Block lays out his well documented argument in today’s Chicago Tribune.
Certainly there are other issues that opponents raise about ethanol — but misinformation about rising food prices and food shortages are just a distraction.