Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Increased Costs at the Grocery Store

Your grocery costs could be shooting up this summer especially at the butcher's counter. It is estimated that the price of beef, pork and chicken could increase by as much as 25%. Main reason? Ethanol. We are burning up our corn supply in the name of renewable energy.

Last month a collection of meat groups sent a letter to the House Ways and Means Committee asking them to stop subsidizing the ethanol industry. The meat producers claim ethanol tax credits and import tariffs have "distorted the corn market, increased the cost of feeding animals, and squeezed production margins -- resulting in job losses and bankruptcies in rural communities across America."

Currently, most of the gas sold in the US is blended with 10% ethanol. At the request of ethanol producers, who continue to lose money despite subsidies, the EPA is debating raising the amount of ethanol to 15%. Not only will we see higher food costs, we can expect to see lower MPG and increased engine damage (especially in small engines and watercraft engines) with a higher percentage of ethanol.

Is it a coincidence that Regulatory Czar Cass Sunstein has an anti-meat, animal rights agenda? He even coauthored the book, Animal Rights: Current Debates and New Directions in which he suggests that animals should be able to bring lawsuits against their human owners! I think this is another Nudge to control American's food choices.


  1. This is a really big problem all over the world. While the eco-induced increased food prices hurt Americans, it devastates people in poorer nations.

  2. It is heartbreaking and downright evil what the liberal progressives are doing in their relentless quest for global power. And I really do believe they do not ascribe to the excuse of "unexpected consequences." This is all a planned destruction of the world as we know it so they can step in and seize power. They have stopped "nudging" and are now wielding a hammer. Their "war" is being waged on so many fronts it keeps my head spinning. On a lighter personal note, I'm glad I have 4 deer in the freezer and you have chickens.

  3. Glad you're back, Trestin. Your comments are dead on.

  4. while i would like our energy use to be self-sustaining, why not find an alternative that does not consume our food source? how are we using our garbage to create an affordable alternative? how are we opening access to pockets of oil and coal for our best result?

    with federalized health care, will we no longer be "allowed" to eat meat anyway? will it be only for the richest of the rich?

    and the poor, as Trestin points out, what about them? will they even have access to corn or grain?

    what a horrible prelude to genocide by starvation. i, for one, am starting to increase my pantry storage.

  5. There is a great artical from Britian called Nine Meals from Anarchy.

    Got a link here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1024833/Nine-meals-anarchy--Britain-facing-real-food-crisis.html

    It is a interesting and eye opening read.

  6. Fascinating and scary.

    My mom just got done reading a book about Germany circa WWII. Many of the German people, not just the Jews, were starving or at very least dealing with shortages. It's hard to believe that that was less than a century ago and we have not learned from that lesson.

    I credit it to something my brother-in-law and I were discussing last week: Students never make it to 20th century history in school. Somehow, you finish the Civil War, maybe get as far as the New Deal!

    Then it's June.
    Too bad.
    Maybe next year.

    Not that they'd learn the truth in government-run schools anyway, but I digress.