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07/17/2012

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John D

This issue may be a little too complicated for the general public. Don't most people think that food comes from grocery stores? Who'd have thunk it had to be grown first in a hospitable environment?

Anywhere But Here Is Better

No need to worry, folks. Soon the cry will come out from the corridors of power.

"No bread? Let them eat cayke!"

Cayke, as the cognoscenti inform me, is the latest double-speak from Madison Avenue Land and refers to slices of fresh baked human flesh.

James

Soylent cayke? Can I supersize it?

Wanooski

So what should we name our fabulous new desert? It has to be ominous and intimidating, while also evoking images of its distant fertile past.

Brian M

I might name it something like

El Rok-al-Felher, after the early oil titan whose efforts helped us move further along the Great Carbon Splurge

Nyongesa

Dave, there's something particularly odorous about originating so much friendly fire, at someone at least trying to write about the problem. Why not direct your considerable intellect and ire at the the vast enablers of ignorance darkness. Pillorying Ms. Kolbert serves no constructive purpose except the pleasures of self righteousness.

Anywhere But Here Is Better

Nyongesa - Methinks Dave gets little pleasure from being right. I would wager that most visitors to DOTE would rather the world of Homo sapiens was lovely and beautiful and peaceful and prosperous for all ... a delight of the senses.

Unfortunately, reality comes crashing through that wet dream. In this world of falsified hope and covert agendas, anyone prepared to tell it like it is without fear of the freedom-killers gets my vote.

Dan

Elizabeth did a similar treatment of the Canadian tar sands about five years ago. She honed down (ugly) facts to offer a sophisticated "he said, she said" piece. That's what is required in the New Yorker, just like PBS and NPR. I talked with some graduate students at Columbia last year about how the city was thermodynamically and ecologically unsustainable. Their modal response: you cannot force people how to live! How dare you.

Gretchen

I'm really confused by the news. On the one hand we have this: At 1.183 billion bushels, U.S. corn stockpiles will still
rise by nearly a third from this year's ultra-low levels, with
the reduced supply outlook partly offset by downward revisions
to exports and ethanol usage as near-record prices curb
consumption. Separate data showed ethanol output fell last week
for the fourth time, reaching its lowest in two years.

So less need for ethanol which is the main reason for growing corn now, since folks aren't driving so much anymore.

And yet:

Prices are still up more than a third over the past month as
the drought threatens to set off another year of food price
inflation and supply concerns.

Seems to me that the coporates are just trying to find another reason to raise all food prices again. I haven't bought corn in years. At $1.00 an ear here where I live, it's just a little too fancy for my budget. Besides, all corn, soy etc. now is gmo and I won't eat it if the rats and chickens won't touch it.

Then there's this bit: The USDA cut its corn harvest projection to 12.97 billion bushels for 2012/13 - still the third largest on record.

Did you catch that? "still the third largest on record." Drought or no drought. hmmm. I just don't get why the investors have their pants in a twist. It's a made up problem. We got plenty of corn stored, more than is currently being used. This "problem"doesn't begin to compare with the likes of Fukushima imo.

Feel free to explain. :) Perhaps I am looking at this thing in a too simplified way.

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