While US corn farming is highly productive, and typical yields fall between 140 and 160 bushels of corn per acre, unfortunately the food derived from all of that farming activity is considerably lower.
The corn crop in the United States is mostly used for biofuels and animal feed. (Around 40 percent of U.S. corn is used to make ethanol for use as fuel)
The average Iowa cornfield has the potential to deliver more than 15 million calories per acre each year (enough to sustain 15 people per acre, if we ate all of the corn ourselves), but with the current allocation of corn to ethanol and animal production, we end up with an estimated 3 million calories of food per acre per year, mainly as dairy and meat products, which is enough to sustain only three people per acre per year.
That is lower than the average delivery of food calories from farms in Bangladesh, Egypt, and Vietnam. The environmental credentials of using Corn derived ethanol as a fuel are being questioned right now.
Dr. Tyler Lark from The University of Wisconsin did a study that found that ethanol is likely at least 24% more carbon-intensive than gasoline due to emissions resulting from land use changes to grow corn, along with processing and combustion.
The corrupt corn subsidies were always a form of theft. Now, it’s an indirect form of murder, too.
We Christians – yes, even the ones in the farming states – should push for an end to this.
Because you KNOW the Marxists won’t whisper a word against this. “Artificial famines are our specialty!”
But this is also a test. It’s easy to stand against the Collective types when you’re the one being robbed/silenced. But, will we speak up when it’s our own rice bowl – corn bowl, in this case – that’s at stake?
God is watching, and He is the judge with the sword.