Thursday, January 24, 2013

Reaping What We Sow IV - Literal Edition...

Oh my God, the Super Bowl Big Game will be short of...CHICKEN WINGS!!!
For many, chicken wings are a necessary staple of a Super Bowl Sunday diet. But getting one’s hands on the bite-sized bits may be easier said than done thanks to a spike in corn prices.

According to a press release posted Tuesday on the official website of the National Chicken Council in Washington, D.C., the increase in the cost of corn, in tandem with other factors, has resulted in fewer birds produced overall.
The real question is, why have corn prices spiked?  We read further...
“Chicken companies produced about one percent fewer birds last year, due in large part to record high corn and feed prices,” Bill Roenigk, chief economist and market analyst, was quoted as saying. “Corn makes up more than two-thirds of chicken feed and corn prices hit an all-time high in 2012, due to two reasons: last summer’s drought and pressure from a federal government requirement that mandates 40 percent of our corn crop be turned into fuel in the form of ethanol.”
Ah, the real reason: the altar of environmentalism.  For an administration who claimed the mantle of practicality, they could have done the right thing and eliminated the subsidies and the regulations for ethanol.  However, them's votes in there, even though no less an authority than Mother Jones has indicated than ethanol simply isn't a solution.  In 2007, no less!  And yes, I link to Mother Jones for those of you who only read official ideologically-approved ritually clean publications.  Had I linked to, say, Breitbart, making the exact same claim, well, gee, I would be denounced as a rigid ideologue!  We can't have that, can we?  Oh, you need another ritually pure source?  How about the Huffington Post?

And just for good measure, the original article concludes thusly:
A U.S. Department of Agriculture report released earlier this month on the 2012 growing season showed farmers harvested 10.78 billion bushels of corn, less than three-fourths of what the agency predicted last spring.
There you have it - we literally reap what we sow (yes, I know how to use the word "literally").  Except it is all going toward smog-inducing fossil fuels.

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