Burning corn in a famine: The obscenity of the corn ethanol mandate

Will the time come when we ask ourselves, “do I serve this wonderful yellow corn for dinner, or do I need to save it for my gas tank?”

In his 1798 essay on the principles of population, English political economist Thomas Robert Malthus concluded that we humans are doomed to endure cycles of growth and massive famine as we outstrip our resources.

Subsequent economist earned their stripes discrediting his methodology, but numerous localized famines around the world have unfolded, more-or-less validating the patterns Malthus described.

Over time, the term, “Malthusian” has come to describe any gloomy scenario in which a population exceeds the means to feed them.

Today we find ourselves once again in a bit of a Malthusian dilemma.

Washington Times

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4 responses to “Burning corn in a famine: The obscenity of the corn ethanol mandate

  1. George Weir is a decadent pig.

    “Today we find ourselves once again in a bit of a Malthusian dilemma.”

    Are you hungry, George? I think not.

  2. The premise is also a bit bizarre. The corn used for Ethanol is not corn for the table, however we can use it for animal feed. If we cut down on ethanol production just a bit this year animal farmers will be able to provide feed for the animals without a major increase in price, or need to slaghter animals.

    I have read that even with this massive drought that corn production is only down 13% in this country anyway. Seems to me the whole issue is overblown, though I would prefer a small drop in ethanol usage in fuel, to higher food prices.

  3. We do not need ethanol in our fuels. This is only a sop to midwest farmers and the large agro companies.

  4. I recommend Robert Zubrin’s new book, ‘Merchants of Despair’. It is a very good analysis of where Malthusian thinking started and where it has gotten us, and some of the horrid things along the way. It is exceptionally well researched and referenced, and a very enlightening read.

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