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Higher costs for corn will raise meat prices

March 10, 2007

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Strong demand for corn from ethanol plants is driving up the cost of livestock and will raise prices for beef, pork and chicken, the U.S. Agriculture Department said Friday. Meat and poultry production will fall as producers face higher feed costs, the department said in its monthly crop report. Ethanol fuel, which is blended with gasoline, is consuming 20 percent of last year's corn crop and is expected to gobble up more than 25 percent of this year's crop.

The price of corn, the main feed for livestock, has driven the cost of feeding chickens up 40 percent, according to the National Chicken Council. The council says that chicken, the most popular meat with consumers, will soon cost more at the grocery store. The industry worries the competition from ethanol could cause a shortage of corn.

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JohnBrown 7 years, 5 months ago

World-wide, the price of prime corn-growing land has also increased 25% in the past year.

...and the price of taco's in Mexico is up cause the white corn used to make them is facing competition from ethanol producers.

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warthog 7 years, 5 months ago

Now I can agree with Marion on this one. I have no problem in shopping for "yellow ticket" meat, and I've never been stung on it yet.

But then, I have to wonder, are farmers double dipping on this? There are gov't subsidies paid for ethanol production and then the price of corn is raised because it's in demand, on top of meat prices going up.

A few years ago, I read a column by a veterinarian. A question was asked about why dogs eat grass. Now the vet said that it was because, in the wild, dogs would normally eat rabbits and that rabbits eat grass, so the dogs are eating grass because of the lack of rabbits. (I'm not sure what vet school this woman graduated from, but boy... I hope it wasn't KSU, lol) So, anyway... using that logic, maybe I'll just grill up a nice fescue steak tonight, and just skip the beef.

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Mauidreaming 7 years, 5 months ago

No, the real "Duh" here is that people think ethanol is sustainable, when it's not. If we can't feed the millions of starving people in the world, how in the heck are we going to grow enough corn to fuel all our vehicles AND feed the billions of animals we are gobbling up? The answer is we can't. Until we wake up and realize the the only sustainable method of generating electricity and fueling our vehicles is solar, wind and geothermal, we will continue to keep going in circles wondering why we're not getting anywhere. We've got an abundance of clean, sustainable alternative methods to generate electricity and run our vehicles, but for some reason, whoever is calling the shots just won't use them. Now why is that?

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