…part 3 is a quick look at the progress I am making towards completing my BioFuel processor. We get to look inside the “mobile processing facility” and see the construction progress and the new addition to the plan. Lots of work to do and lots of oil to process! Let’s get busy!
Question by Amy L: Are you concerned about some of the problems associated with increased biofuel production?
Corn used for ethanol production covered 11 million on acres in 2005, and now covers 23 million acres. To meet the 15 billion gallon mandate passed by the house in June, we will need about 36 million acres of corn. Corn is being planted in lieu of crops like soybeans, and in place of grasslands. Crop rotation is diminishing as corn-on-corn becomes the norm, and water quality could suffer due to increased fertilizer runoff. Farmer participation in the Conservation Reserve Program, a federal program that retires marginal farm land from agricultural production, is diminishing. All of this is not good news for the Henslow’s sparrow, whose recovery is dependent on the presence of perennial grasslands created by the CRP.
In creating solutions, shouldn’t we avoid creating more and new problems?
Answer by Sucka
For one, we are not going to use corn in the future. They have crops that will function better than corn on many levels. We are going to move forwards and work out the difficulties. If you want to stop using a new solution because it had a lot of problems at the beginning, you would never move forward.
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