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Corn Demand Exceeding Supply

Posted on Wednesday, July 14th, 2010 at 11:17 pm by R.J. Ruppenthal

Farmers in the U.S. are unable to meet demand for corn, according to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, despite the probability of a record crop once again (so says Earthy Report, link below). Methinks too much of this corn is going in peoples' gas tanks; what a waste of good food, land, and water, not to mention fertilizers and pesticides. Thanks to biofuels and all the meat people eat, we are burning through the world's supplies of phosphorus at a voracious pace. As I've written before on this blog, peak phosphorus makes peak oil look like a picnic. I don't relish having to live in the era of peak anything, but peak phosphorus is the one that scares me the most. The best things we can do now are to reject this biofuel lunacy, grow more of our own food locally and at home, and use greater quantities of composts, manures, and mulches. In this way, at least some of the nutrients are recycled back into the growing system, and there is much less runoff as water and fertilizers are held in. Nevertheless, the era of peak resources will be a bumpy road. If you have not planted a summer vegetable garden, now's a great time to start thinking about a fall garden!

Corn Demand Exceeding Supply, link: http://www.earthyreport.com/site/corn-demand-exceeding-supply

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