[Land-speed] Corn and Ethanol, not LSR

MR VIKING vcviking at wildblue.net
Sun Jul 15 19:46:02 MDT 2007

Does not Brazil run most of their light vehicles on ethanol???  I think I 
have read that they use sugar cane as their sugar source, and burn the 
crushed and dried cane material to fire their stills.  If their farm 
tractors and trucks hauling the cane to the plants are ethanol powered, is 
not this 100% non petroleum and CO2 neutral????      I have heard that the 
major auto manufactures make alcohol engines (higher compression) available 
only in Brazil????  What do you folks think????                  Jon Landen

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Sent: Sunday, July 15, 2007 6:11 PM
Subject: [Land-speed] Corn and Ethanol, not LSR

> Yeah, corn is grown as a commodity and price supported by the government. 
> They have to support it because the farmers aren't making money growing 
> it. Thanks to petroleum based fertilizers (nitrogen) and high yield hybrid 
> seed, farmers have ceased rotating crops, with the exception of some 
> soybean.
> This is why Iowa is brown, except when the corn's growing.
> There's plenty of nitrogen runoff, too, which is why the Gulf is dead.
> Their farming takes place only a few weeks a year, when they aren't doing 
> their other job.
> We think of farming corn as a renewable resource, but the way we do it 
> isn't sustainable, and it's hugely petroleum based.
> BTW, there are some few hip folks out there who call themselves Grass 
> Farmers (no, not that, Otto). They'd argue the best solar energy use is 
> natural grasslands, and careful pasturing of different animals in a 
> scheduled procession via mobile pens produces high food yields naturally, 
> while the grass grows like hell.
> We cannot grow fuel for vehicles, only people. My 2 cents. BJ
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