“Yea, but…”

When I’m at farm shows I hear a lot of “Yea, but…” when it comes to corn and ethanol. Here are a few that are often said and the truth behind each of them.

“Yea, but–I can’t use ethanol in my car.”
Actually, every automaker in the world approves the use of E10. In fact about 70% of all gasoline sold in Kansas is E10. Blender pumps allow consumers to choose which ethanol blend they prefer, including E10, E20, E30, E40 and E85 or whatever blend of ethanol and gasoline the station owner chooses. These blender pumps have been installed in Kansas, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. The mid-range ethanol blends offer those with flex fuel vehicles more choices and to get the optimal blend for your vehicle. Ethanol helps keep fuel injectors clean and it lowers the levels of toxic exhaust emissions. For additional information on ethanol or to find out if you own a flex fuel vehicle, visit: https://kansasgrains.wordpress.com/2010/01/13/the-411-on-ethanol/

“Yea, but–I’m really concerned about what ethanol is doing to the environment. It takes so much corn to make ethanol that now you guys are cutting down forests to grow more corn and making people in Brazil cut down their rainforests to grow corn too.”
Ethanol reduces toxic emissions, eliminates methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) (which is listed as a possible carcinogen), and renewable fuel has played a major role in helping to meet and exceed clean air standards.
New land (or forests and rainforests) is not going into ag production. Today, farmers grow five times as much corn as they did in the 1930’s on 20% less land. Today’s corn growers produce enough corn for feed, fuel and fiber.

“Yea, but–you are using all the corn to make ethanol, so now there’s no corn to feed cattle or to make food with.”
In Kansas, combined corn and sorghum harvest was 822.7 million bushels, and Kansas ethanol producers used 157 million bushels (19%) of corn and sorghum. A third returns to the feed stream as DDGS. When you take DDGS in account, the ethanol industry in Kansas only causes the disappearance of 12.7 percent of the Kansas feedgrain crop from the feed stream.

Sources: www.ethanolfacts.com, www.CornFarmersCoalition.org, www.ksgrains.com

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