Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The total acreage of which US State is used for fuel instead of food?

In the US in 2013 we planted 97.2 million acres of Corn. Of that, 37.78 million acres were used to produce ethanol (39%). (Source HERE--I did the calculations for acres based on data given for bushels per acre)

In the US in 2013 we planted 77.2 million acres of Soybeans.  Of that, 10.9 million acres were used for Bio-diesel (14%). (Source HERE--I did the calculations for acres based on data given for bushels per acre. Data on Soybean for bio-diesel HERE)

The total number of acres used to grow "food for fuel" was 48.68 million acres. That is 28% of the total planted Corn and Soybean crop.

How much is 48.68 million acres?

The State of Nebraska is a little over 49 million acres. In other words, we have an energy and agricultural policy that diverts the whole State of Nebraska to producing fuel instead of food.

Perspective.

Source of map HERE








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