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  • What Was This German National Doing with Bombs, a Cell-Phone Detonator, Multiple Guns and Passports

    08/17/2013 9:05:39 PM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 58 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Aug. 17, 2013 | Dave Urbanski
    It started innocently enough: Andreas H. Koertel, 46, was pulled over in a traffic stop. Then things got hairy in hurry. Turns out Koertel, a German national, was in possession of meth and illegal weapons, according to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, so he was booked into jail on multiple charges, KXTV-TV reports. Wisely the deputies called the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department to see if they could check out a property in Rio Linda where Koertel had been staying. But detectives encountered quite a bit more than they bargained for Friday. Here’s what they found, KTXL-TV reports: Several explosive materials,...
  • Corn: The Environmental Impact Statement

    08/28/2016 5:36:30 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 17 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 8-28-2016 | MOTUS
    Is it possible the environmentalists have been praying at the wrong altar? Is it possible that corn – as a fuel - is a worse pollutant than (gasp!) oil?  Well, yes, apparently: Despite their purported advantages, biofuels — created from crops such as corn or soybeans — cause more emissions of climate change-causing carbon dioxide than gasoline, according to the study from U-M Energy Institute research professor John DeCicco. The multi-billion-dollar U.S. biofuels industry — promoted and expanded for more than a decade by the federal government — [ed. read “subsidies”] may be built on a false assumption, according to...
  • Sanity May Prevail—After All!

    08/03/2016 10:16:08 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/03/16 | Dr. Klaus Kaiser
    As Corn Devours U.S. Prairies, Greens Reconsider Biofuel Mandate Bloomberg reports “As Corn Devours U.S. Prairies, Greens Reconsider Biofuel Mandate”. I can only say “What took you so long?” To wit: “Environmentalists who once championed biofuels as a way to cut pollution are now turning against a U.S. program that puts renewable fuels in cars, citing higher-than-expected carbon dioxide emissions and reduced wildlife habitat.”
  • Price of corn flour in Venezuela soars 900 percent

    05/24/2016 9:03:28 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    AFP ^ | May 24, 2016 | Staff
    Venezuelans on Tuesday woke up to discover that the government-controlled price of corn flour -- used to make corn patty arepas, a staple of local cuisine -- has risen 900 percent. The socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro had kept the price of corn flour frozen for 15 months at 19 bolivares a kilogram (two pounds).
  • If anything, globalization increased the cost of meat in America

    04/19/2016 5:19:56 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 26 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 19, 2016 | Sierra Rayne
    Returning to this quote from Kevin Williamson's well-known article from National Review: The manufacturing numbers -- and the entire gloriously complex tale of globalization -- go in fits and starts: a little improvement here, a little improvement there, and a radically better world in raw material terms (and let's not sniff at those) every couple of decades. Go back and read the novels of the 1980s or watch The Brady Bunch... ...the cost of butter was not a major financial concern for well-to-do families in the 1980s, or now. But another of Williamson's points needs to be addressed: the...
  • In Iowa corn fields, Chinese national's seed theft exposes vulnerability

    04/11/2016 12:30:08 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 11, 2016 | Julia Edwards
    ARLINGTON, Iowa (Reuters) - Tim Burrack, a northern Iowa farmer in his 44th growing season, has taken to keeping a wary eye out for unfamiliar vehicles around his 300 acres of genetically modified corn seeds. Along with other farmers in this vast agricultural region, he has upped his vigilance ever since Mo Hailong and six other Chinese nationals were accused by U.S. authorities in 2013 of digging up seeds from Iowa farms and planning to send them back to China. The case, in which Mo pleaded guilty in January, has laid bare the value -- and vulnerability -- of advanced...
  • How Cruz Crushed Ethanol - "Hot d*mn!" a gentleman shouted from the back of the room.

    02/03/2016 11:23:25 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 95 replies
    February 3, 2016 | Eliana Johnson & Brendan Bordelon
    "There's an Iowa way of doing this, and the rest of the candidates did it the Iowa way," Majda Sarkic, a spokeswoman for the pro-ethanol group America's Renewable Future, told National Review days before the Iowa caucuses. All of the candidates except Ted Cruz, that is. In a highly unusual move for a man who sought, and ultimately won, the support of Iowa caucus-goers, Cruz didn't court, kowtow to, or bow down before King Corn. From the time they arrived in the Senate eyeing a presidential run three years ago, he and his advisers have known that his opposition to...
  • Cruz Right, Trump Wrong On Ethanol

    01/30/2016 6:42:35 AM PST · by raptor22 · 80 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 30, 2016 | Daniel John Sobieski
    It has been said that if we were getting so-called “alternative” energy from potatoes instead of corn, the first primary/caucus would be held in Idaho instead of Iowa. As it is, ethanol from corn in the first state where votes are actually cast in a presidential election has led to endless political pandering in support of a fuel that consumes more energy than it provides, is difficult to transport, reduces car mileage, can damage auto enegines, and damages the environment.
  • Trumping Hydrocarbon Fuels and Consumers

    01/29/2016 11:55:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 29, 2016 | Paul Driessen
    Donald Trump loves to tout his poll numbers. But if he's doing so well, why does he pander to Iowa's ethanol interests? The gambit might garner a few caucus votes among corn growers and ethanol producers. It certainly brings plaudits from renewable energy lobbyists and their political enablers. But it could also cost him votes in many other quarters - beyond the Corn Ethanol Belt and even in Iowa. The fact is, the 14.5-million-gallon-per-year ethanol mandate prolongs policies that are bad for consumers and the environment. And yet many presidential candidates and other politicians support it. The ethanol mandate forces...
  • Bob Dole: A Ted Cruz nomination would be 'cataclysmic' for the GOP

    01/21/2016 9:17:57 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 68 replies
    Yahoo Politiks ^ | 1-21-16 | Dylan Stableford
    Former Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole is warning GOP voters that putting Texas Sen. Ted Cruz at the top of the ticket would be "cataclysmic" for the party. "If he's the nominee, we're going to have wholesale losses in Congress and state offices and governors and legislatures," Dole, who served in the House and Senate for 35 years and won the Iowa caucuses twice, told the New York Times. "I don't know how often you've heard him say the word 'Republican' - not very often," Dole said, adding, "I don't know how he's going to deal with Congress. Nobody likes...
  • King Corn’s attacks on Ted Cruz don’t seem to be gaining traction in Iowa

    01/05/2016 8:54:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/05/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    There are too many current poll results at this point to ignore the impression that the GOP nomination battle in the early states is currently coming down to two people: Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. The one place where Cruz may be in the lead is Iowa, and that’s something of a head scratcher for those who follow the conventional rules of political warfare. The Texas Senator has come out time and time again in opposition to the Renewable Fuel Standard and ethanol subsidies (well… all subsidies to be honest) and that’s generally considered to be the equivalent of...
  • Trump attacks Ted Cruz for not supporting ethanol subsidies

    12/11/2015 11:57:00 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 305 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | December 12, 2015 | Ed Straker
    Donald Trump attacked Ted Cruz for not supporting ethanol subsidies. He said in Iowa on Friday, "Oil companies give him a lot of money, so he's for oil." The thing about oil and gas is, it doesn't require big subsidies, because it's the cheapest and most efficient form of fuel for cars. Ethanol, on the other hand, does require big government subsidies, because it is highly uneconomical. Ethanol is much more expensive than oil and gas and, gallon for gallon, produces much less energy than gasoline. That's why the government has to hand over billions in subsidies to big agri-businesses...
  • Big Endorsements Equal Great Expectations for Cruz in Iowa

    12/11/2015 10:55:55 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Iowa Republican ^ | December 11, 2015 | Craig Robinson
    Since the day he announced his candidacy, Texas Senator Ted Cruz has been making the case that he's the conservative candidate who can win the Republican nomination. It doesn't matter if he is speaking to a group of homeschool kids and their parents, Cruz closes by telling his audience about how much money his campaign has raised and that he is positioned to win. Now as we enter the final phase of the 2016 caucus campaign, Cruz has a handful of prominent Iowa endorsements to go along with all of his campaign cash. The big three statewide Republican elected officials,...
  • Cruz flips vote on ag issue critical for Iowa

    With the Iowa caucuses less than two months away, Ted Cruz seemed to have an epiphany Thursday night on one of the state's — and agricultural lobby's — biggest issues in Congress. Cruz (R-Texas) initially voted with fiscal hardliners to retain $3 billion in crop insurance cuts that were made as part of a budget deal approved in October. After a visit to the Senate cloakroom, Cruz returned and flipped his vote to side with farming interests, which ultimately prevailed. The crop insurance votes were part of a debate on a highway bill, which Cruz opposed on a final vote,...
  • Ted Cruz Is Anti-Ethanol-Mandate, but Iowans Like Him Anyway

    12/01/2015 7:10:28 PM PST · by Isara · 48 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | December 1, 2015 | Nancy Smith
    Ted Cruz's need to keep women barefoot and pregnant -- among other of his draconian politicies -- turned me off his presidential campaign long ago. But whatever you say about the Texas senator, the man has a king-size backbone. Ted Cruz in Iowa Cruz, fearless attack dog for ending the ethanol mandate in the U.S. gasoline supply, stayed true to his principles -- yes, even while campaigning in the belly of beast, in the middle of the Hawkeye State, corn-based ethanol capitol of the world.And there it was, just hours after the Obama administration released its (failed) plans to boost...
  • Trump blames intern for retweet dissing Iowa voters

    10/22/2015 2:24:25 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 126 replies
    MSNBC ^ | October 22, 2015 | Aliyah Frumin
    Donald Trump is blaming an intern after he seemingly took a shot at Iowa voters in a Twitter post Thursday insinuating that the reason Ben Carson is now beating him in the early voting state is because GOPers are eating too much genetically modified corn. “#BenCarson is now leading in the #polls in #Iowa,” Trump seemingly quoted a fan on Twitter. “Too much #Monsanto in the #corn creates issues in the brain? #Trump #GOP”
  • Trump, Carson Lead Minnesota 'Corn Poll'

    08/27/2015 6:16:14 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 4 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 8/27/15 | Tom Hauser
    It's been a long-standing tradition at the Iowa State Fair, but now you can cast your kernels for presidential candidates at the Minnesota State Fair. The early front runners in the unscientific poll at the Minnesota Republican Party booth are Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina. "Anybody can stop by our booth and and cast a vote for whoever their favorite candidate is," GOP Party Chair Keith Downey said. If you make a donation or sign up to support the GOP, voters get a small cup full of corn kernels they can distribute among as many of the candidates...
  • GOP senator calls for more corn cronyism mandated by the EPA

    07/25/2015 7:37:50 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 14 replies
    Against Crony Capitalism ^ | 24 July 2015 | Nick Sorrentino
    It’s the same party with 2 wings. The Washington Crony Party. If one can fleece the taxpayer it will be done, Republican, Democrat, whatever, so long as money is funneled to the narrow interests which fund your campaigns. The Republican Party, though it has a free market wing which is young and growing is still dominated by the older big government crony Republicans. How long that generation can hold on, and how much damage they will create to the economy is anyone’s guess. (From The Surge) "Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) just can’t help himself. He is intent on using the...
  • America's grain stocks running short (food security and export control?)

    02/25/2008 5:08:27 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 273 replies · 3,162+ views
    The Grand Island Independent ^ | 02/24/08 | By Robert Pore
    America's grain stocks running short By Robert Pore robert.pore@theindependent.com Print Story | e-mail Story | Visit Forums Global demand for grain and oilseeds is at record levels, causing the nation's grain stocks to reach critically low levels, according to Purdue University agricultural economist Chris Hurt. With a weak U.S. dollar and global demand so high, foreign buyers are outbidding domestic buyers for American grain, Hurt said. "Food consumers worldwide are going to have to pay more," Hurt said. "We ended 2007 with our monthly inflation rate on food nearly 5 percent higher. I think we'll see times in 2008 where...
  • Corn, Scorn and Policy Porn

    04/05/2015 8:20:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 5, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    Imagine a government energy program that is such a disaster that the Environmental Working Group and the American Petroleum Institute both oppose it. The anti-poverty group ActionAid USA wants to get rid of it, as does the pro-business Competitive Enterprise Institute. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., wants to end it. So does Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa. They're both sponsors of the Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act of 2015. Feinstein pans the ethanol mandate as "both unwise and unworkable." Quoth Toomey: "It drives up gas prices, increases food costs, damages car engines and is harmful to the environment." Scott Faber of the...
  • GOP Candidates Continue to Toss Money Down Cornhole

    03/24/2015 9:44:39 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/24/15 | Michael Shannon
    Until Republicans can stop “pleasin’” crony capitalists with subsidies at the expense of the public, taxpayers will continue to be subject to regular “squeezin.” The really big difference between Republican and Democrat handout recipients is their ability to be sympathetically photogenic. When pressed, the average Democrat welfare recipient can hide the flat–screen TV, stash the cellphone in a drawer and refrain from cigarette smoking. And it’s not too much trouble to pretend to fill out the job application or limp convincingly to prove the bad back disability claim as long as photographers and media are around. The Republican dependency class...
  • Sen. Flake Cosponsors Legislation to Eliminate Corn Ethanol Mandate

    03/18/2015 3:39:38 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 42 replies
    Senator Flake ^ | Dec 12 2013
    United States Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), today joined Sens. Tom Coburn (R-OK), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and seven other cosponsors to introduce The Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act of 2013. The bill eliminates the corn ethanol mandate within the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which requires a yearly increase in the amount of renewable fuel that must be blended into the total volume of gasoline refined and consumed in the United States. The RFS, which was first enacted in 2005 and then expanded in 2007, requires refiners and blenders to use 16.55 billion gallons of renewable fuel in 2013. "In 2005, Congress...
  • Iowa Ag Summit Applauds Ted Cruz Even When He Opposes Their Interests

    03/07/2015 1:59:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The National Review's The Corner ^ | March 7, 2015 | Joel Gehrke
    Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) managed to turn a disagreement with a crowd of Iowa businesses and farmers into an applause line at the Iowa Agriculture Summit. Cruz reiterated his opposition to the Renewable Fuels Standard, a popular policy in Iowa that presents a thorny problem for many Republicans who campaign against crony capitalism but want to win the GOP presidential nomination. “I recognize that this is a gathering of a lot of folks where the answer you’d like me to give is ‘I’m for the RFS, darnit;’ that’d be the easy thing to do,” he said. “But I’ll tell...
  • David Corn Hangs Up On Hugh Hewitt After 45-Minute Grilling on Bill O'Reilly

    02/24/2015 6:40:12 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 59 replies
    Hugh Hewitt grills David Corn of Mother Jones on his claim that then-CBS News correspondent Bill O'Reilly exaggerated the capacity of his involvement in covering the Falklands War. DAVID CORN, MOTHER JONES: As Joe Walsh said, do the show, go play it straight, he’ll play fair. But you’re asking me questions you didn’t ask Bill O’Reilly. HUGH HEWITT, HOST: If you… DC: So you know, I’m given you one more… HH: Here’s Eric Engberg… DC: If you want to talk about the article or not, Hugh, because I’ve got better things to do than help you fill time on the...
  • Ancient maize followed two paths into the Southwest

    01/11/2015 6:11:38 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies
    Eurekalert! ^ | January 8, 2014 | University of California - Davis
    The study, based on DNA analysis of corn cobs dating back over 4,000 years, provides the most comprehensive tracking to date of the origin and evolution of maize in the Southwest and settles a long debate over whether maize moved via an upland or coastal route into the U.S. Study findings, which also show how climatic and cultural impacts influenced the genetic makeup of maize, will be reported Jan. 8 in the journal Nature Plants. The study compared DNA from archaeological samples from the U.S. Southwest to that from traditional maize varieties in Mexico, looking for genetic similarities that would...
  • Will new Congress take on ethanol?

    01/09/2015 10:58:39 AM PST · by george76 · 37 replies
    Watchdog ^ | January 9, 2015 | Rob Nikolewski
    The fiscal impact of the ethanol mandate is huge — Michaels estimated it totals “billions, easily” in direct and indirect money — but it has come under attack by liberals as well as conservatives and appears to have lost some of its clout on Capitol Hill. For example, the Environmental Protection Agency — which administers the Renewable Fuel Standard — is considering a cut to the amount of ethanol blended into the nation’s gasoline supply. ... a growing number of environmentalists want the ethanol requirement eliminated, too. ... In 2007, Congress passed and President George W. Bush signed into law...
  • Police say someone is shooting ears of corn at cars in Carver, MA

    11/16/2014 3:42:40 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 94 replies
    The Patriot Ledger ^ | November 14, 2014
    CARVER – Police say someone shot an ear of corn through a police cruiser’s windshield using a makeshift device. Police say the corn, which had previously been described only as a “projectile,” damaged the cruiser but did not cause any injuries. At least two other cars have been hit by objects fired at them near Purchase and Callow streets in the last week.
  • David Corn: The problem is African-Americans don’t realize they’re being “intimidated” by the GOP

    10/23/2014 12:45:31 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 35 replies
    Liberal umbrage-monger David Corn– of the Mitt Romney 47% and the Rand Paul hates Dick Cheney video fame– says the difficulty with making African-Americans angry enough to vote against Republican “intimidation” tactics is that they don’t realize they’re being intimidated… Chris Matthews: What about the attempt to intimidate them out of voting? Corn: Well, that’s true. It’s happening…and when you do that– when people wanna vote or they’re thinking about voting in an election– they do get ticked off and it motivates them. But…they are so disaffected or so distant from this election that they may not even know that...
  • Don’t Burn Food for Fuel – As Seen on National Geographic

    09/27/2014 1:10:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 41 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | September 26, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    At the risk of inviting all the usual charges of being politically incorrect, I once again put before you the strange practice of burning food for fuel. The video at the bottom of the post details some of the human costs associated with the increasing use of corn, grains, and other crops for fuel.There is a tendency for environmentalists of our time to think very narrowly about their issues. It is a praiseworthy thing to seek to reduce pollutants and other things that have negative environmental impacts. The Catechism summons us to good stewardship of the earth, the environment, and...
  • The War on Coal: It’s Because I’m Black, Isn’t it?

    08/24/2014 8:44:25 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 11 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 8-24-2014 | MOTUS
    I see that both the Farmer’s Almanac and Joe Bastardi (the other Joey B) are predicting another El Nino winter, which means a stormier and colder than normal winter, especially along the east coast. That could prove to be a bit of a problem since power companies apparently took Barry at his word that “if somebody wants to build a coal plant, they can — it’s just that it will bankrupt them.”  So they didn’t. And they’re closing the coal plants they do have: “In order to comply with the new Obama era EPA regs, American Electric Power, which supplies...
  • Average Price of Ground Beef Hits All-Time High

    08/19/2014 1:57:06 PM PDT · by george76 · 67 replies
    CNS News ^ | August 19, 2014 | Ali Meyer
    The average price for all types of ground beef per pound hit its all-time high -- $3.884 per pound -- in the United States in July, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). That was up from $3.880 per pound in June. A year ago, in July 2013, the average price for a pound of ground beef was $3.459 per pound. Since then, the average price for a pound of ground beef has gone up 42.1 cents--or about 12 percent. Five years ago, in July 2009, the average price for a pound of ground beef...
  • Yes, they ate Locust. A Review of Some the Common Foods at the Time of Jesus

    07/17/2014 4:58:01 AM PDT · by NYer · 46 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | July 17, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Generally speaking, the Israelites of Christ’s time were frugal eaters. Frankly until about 100 years ago, frugality in eating was more imposed than chosen. The food was more scarce and less convenient than today. It’s availability was seasonable, and all the elements needed to be made from scratch, including hauling in the water from wells etc.Bread was the essential, basic food. So basic was it that in Hebrew “to eat bread” and “to have a meal” in the same thing. Bread was treated with great respect and many rules existed to preserve that reverence. Any crumbs of over the size...
  • Government Spends Money to Create Obesity Epidemic & Then Regulates Us to “Help”

    07/04/2014 12:07:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | July 3, 2014 | Mark Horne
    I mentioned two days ago the decision of schools to ban birthday cupcakes. Michelle Obama is essentially fighting with students to get them to change what they eat. But what is missing from this story is the proper context. The fact is that our bad eating habits are getting encouraged by taxpayer money. In fact, the government arguably changed our dietary habits to their present behavior. The Foundation for Economic Education came out with an article yesterday about dealing with “food deserts.”
  • Climate Change Induced Corn-mageddon? (Another stupid environmental wacko theory)

    06/14/2014 5:53:01 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 57 replies
    am thinker ^ | 6/14/14 | s rayne
    According to a new article at the Guardian, corn-mageddon could be just around the corner in the United States because of anthropogenic climate change: "The days of 'king corn' could be numbered as climate change brings higher temperatures and water shortages to America's farmland, a new report warned on Wednesday... The report amplifies warnings earlier this year from United Nations climate scientists and the National Climate Assessment that America's agricultural industry -- and specifically its corn crop -- was at risk from the high temperatures and water shortages anticipated under climate change... Corn uses the most water for irrigation of...
  • The unworkability of the Renewable Fuel Standard, visualized

    05/26/2014 5:24:04 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 5/25/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    When Congress threw ethanol producers a gigantic bone by expanding the Renewable Fuel Standard through the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 by annually increasing the amount of ethanol that fuel refiners are required to blend into the nation’s gasoline supply, they blithely made the crucial assumption that Americans’ gasoline consumption would continue to increase indefinitely. Thanks to heightened fuel efficiency and slackened driving habits, however, Americans’ demand for gasoline has actually decreased, meaning that refiners would have to blend gasoline with ethanol well above the E10 level that is considered safe for most of the older cars and...
  • Vermont governor signs GMO food labeling into law

    05/11/2014 12:01:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 200 replies
    CNN.com ^ | May 8, 2014 | Dana Ford and Lorenzo Ferrigno
    (CNN) -- Vermont's governor on Thursday signed a bill into law that will require the labeling of genetically modified foods -- hailing it as the first such law in the nation. Under the new law, food offered for retail sale that is entirely or partially produced with genetic engineering must be labeled as such by July 2016. "Vermonters take our food and how it is produced seriously, and we believe we have a right to know what's in the food we buy," said Gov. Peter Shumlin. "More than 60 countries have already restricted or labeled these foods, and now one...
  • Ethanol Impact on Feed Prices

    04/21/2014 6:37:22 PM PDT · by Walt Griffith · 20 replies
    American Cattleman ^ | Renewable Fuels Association
    Ethanol Impact on Feed Prices Written By: Renewable Fuels Association Fueled by its desire for conflict, and a well-funded and organized public relations blitz by food and livestock industries, the media has spent a great deal of time in the past two years trying to portray an epic battle between America’s need for renewable alternatives to gasoline and its role as breadbasket to world. Despite unsupported and hysterical claims, the battle between ethanol production and food and feed resources is not a battle at all. In fact, it is a symbiotic relationship that promises to provide long term financial gain...
  • Study: Fuels from corn waste not better than gas

    04/20/2014 10:21:49 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 4/20/14 | Dina Cappiello - ap
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) — Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration's conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change.</p>
  • Corn Prices Are Popping

    03/31/2014 11:49:53 AM PDT · by blam · 42 replies
    BI ^ | 3-31-2014 | Rob Wile
    Corn Prices Are Popping Rob WileMar. 31, 2014, 12:15 PM    Corn prices are surging after U.S. farmers said they expect to plant the lowest corn acreage since 2010. That's because inventories in the world’s biggest grower and exporter jumped 30 percent from a year earlier. Acreage is estimated to hit 91.691 million, down from 95.365 million a year earlier, according to a survey of more than 84,000 growers released today in Washington, Bloomberg said. Analysts surveyed by Bloomberg estimated 93.014 million, on average. Here's how corn reacted to the news:
  • Biofuels do more harm than good, UN warns

    03/24/2014 4:57:32 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 48 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | March 23, 2014 | Robert Mendick
    The United Nations will officially warn that growing crops to make “green” biofuel harms the environment and drives up food prices, The Telegraph can disclose. A leaked draft of a UN report condemns the widespread use of biofuels made from crops as a replacement for petrol and diesel. It says that biofuels, rather than combating the effects of global warming, could make them worse.
  • Tech Heist: Seeds of Deceit (Chinese try to steal experimental GMO corn seed)

    03/23/2014 1:32:42 PM PDT · by dennisw · 30 replies
    agweb ^ | JANUARY 25, 2014 | Farm Journal Editors
    Unassuming from the road, this farmstead served as the headquarters for a ring of international thieves bent on embezzling U.S. seed. The FBI thwarts a ring of Chinese national thieves. Crouched on his hands and knees under an Iowa sky, Mo Hailong quickly dug in the rows of freshly planted seed corn. Just the day before, May 2, 2011, he and coworker Wang Lei, vice chairman of Kings Nower Seed of China, stopped at this same field near Tama, Iowa. The farmer told them he was planting seed corn. With each shovel, Hailong found pay dirt: DuPont Pioneer’s latest parent...
  • Ethanol loses friends and influence as reform movement grows

    12/31/2013 5:49:24 AM PST · by thackney · 25 replies
    CNBC ^ | 29 Dec 2013 | Javier E. David
    <p>Ethanol requirements for U.S. gasoline appear to be losing friends and influencing the wrong people, with calls growing to reform or scrap the government mandates altogether.</p> <p>The Environmental Protection Agency in November proposed reducing the amount of renewable fuels, including corn-based ethanol, that oil refiners must blend with gasoline. The rule is a centerpiece of government efforts to curb carbon emissions, while jump-starting alternative forms of energy.</p>
  • 6 Chinese nationals charged in Iowa corn seed theft

    12/23/2013 3:16:52 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 21 replies
    The Gazette (Iowa) ^ | December 19, 2013 | B.A. Morelli
    Federal authorities have filed charges for six Chinese nationals in an alleged scheme to steal valuable corn seeds from U.S. seed manufacturing companies for the benefit of their China-based seed companies. Mo Hailong, Li Shaoming, Wang Lei, Wang Hongwei, Ye Jian and Lin Yong each have been indicted on conspiring to steal trade secrets from U.S. seed companies, according to an indictment filed on Tuesday in the U.S. Southern District Court of Iowa. Mo was detained last week, but the others remain at large, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Southern District Court.
  • Did China steal US corn? Six charged with digging up bioengineered seed

    12/19/2013 6:36:57 PM PST · by Theoria · 26 replies
    CSM ^ | 19 Dec 2013 | Warren Richey
    Six Chinese nationals have been charged with conspiring to steal US trade secrets in an alleged plot to obtain bioengineered corn seed from American seed companies and send it to their own company in China. The case was revealed in a one-count, 21-page indictment unsealed Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa. According to documents filed in federal court, the Chinese company officials allegedly drove through rural areas of Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana to dig up freshly planted seeds or collect samples of grown corn to obtain specimens of the valuable engineered seed stock. The seeds represent years of work by American...
  • Abundant 2013 corn harvest boosts ethanol production

    12/13/2013 6:17:10 AM PST · by thackney · 26 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | DECEMBER 13, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
    Expectations for a record corn harvest in 2013 have helped lower corn prices since this summer, improving ethanol production margins and spurring an increase in the supply of ethanol. During the 2012 corn-growing season, the United States experienced the most severe and far-reaching drought since the 1950s. By late August 2012, approximately 85% of the corn grown in the United States was located in a drought area, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) World Agricultural Outlook Board. A projected 2012 record crop of 14.8 billion bushels of corn dwindled to a final production level of 10.8 billion bushels by...
  • U.S. Senators introduce bill to eliminate corn ethanol mandate

    12/12/2013 12:56:09 PM PST · by thetallguy24 · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/12/2013 | Timothy Gardner
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of 10 U.S. Senators introduced a bipartisan bill on Thursday to eliminate the corn ethanol mandate, arguing that current law raises the cost of food and animal feed and damages the environment. The bill, introduced by Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat; Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican; and eight cosponsors, faces an uphill battle as many lawmakers from agricultural states support the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)that dictates that rising volumes of ethanol made from grains, including corn, be blended into motor fuel. Feinstein said the bill supports development of advanced biofuels, including those from made from...
  • Even more Ethanol in Gasoline?

    11/15/2013 7:57:17 AM PST · by rktman · 82 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/14/2013 | Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser
    According to the Worldwatch Institute, the US Department of Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, is pushing for an increase of the current maximum of 10.2% ethanol in gasoline to 15-20%. Much of that is supposed to come from corn and, later, from cellulose (wood). Under the current federal “Renewable Fuel Standard” the US is already slated to increase its use of biofuels from 9 billion gallons in 2008 to 36 billion gallons by 2022. That standard does not even include the proposed increase of the ethanol content of common gasoline. The proposed revision would be a really bad idea and let...
  • Obama's Ethanol Policies Have Scarred The Earth

    11/13/2013 4:01:11 PM PST · by raptor22 · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 13, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    After fomenting fears of fracking and fossil fuels, the administration's campaign to put food in our gas tanks has wiped out millions of acres of conservation land, destroyed habitat and polluted water supplies. Ethanol was supposed to save the earth and pave the way to energy independence. It has done neither. We are getting closer to energy independence but it is thanks to the technology known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, that has unleashed our vast reserves of oil and natural gas formerly trapped in shale formations underneath much of the U.S. Fracking was supposed to be environmentally dangerous, a...
  • Corn, sunflower, safflower oil health benefits challenged

    11/11/2013 6:15:51 PM PST · by Alaska Wolf · 29 replies
    CBC NEWS ^ | Nov 11, 2013 | The Canadian Press
    Omega-6-rich oils don't have same benefits as canola, soybean and olive oils, studies show The Canadian Press Posted: Nov 11, 2013 1:46 PM ET Last Updated: Nov 11, 2013 2:10 PM ET In 2012, Health Canada agreed to let manufacturers of cooking oils containing either omega-6 or omega-3 fatty acids claim on their product labels that these oils help reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol. (iStock) A pair of Canadian scientists are challenging the fact that manufacturers of some cooking oils are entitled to make health claims about the products. They argue that new evidence suggests oils...
  • GM Debate Not Settled, Say European Scientists 'Genetically modified foods'.

    11/04/2013 10:55:03 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 128 replies
    Epoch times ^ | Oct 24, 2013 | Justina Reichel,
    GM Debate Not Settled, Say European Scientists Controversy erupts after World Food Prize awarded to Monsanto By Justina Reichel, Epoch Times | October 24, 2013 In the wake of biotech giants Monsanto and Syngenta being awarded the World Food Prize, a European coalition of scientists is challenging claims that the debate around genetically modified foods is settled and that GM foods are safe. The European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility, which consists of more than 90 scientists, academics, and physicians, released a statement Monday in response to “sweeping claims” that GM products are safe. “We strongly reject...