Can U.S. corn farmers fill both bellies and tanks?
The boom in corn-based ethanol seems like good news for farmers, who suddenly face growing demand for their crop. But is there enough corn to go around? And will surging demand mean surging prices for consumers? Tom Philpott addresses the food vs. fuel debate in today’s Victual Reality column, and Yolanda Crous talks to a farmer in Missouri who’s an ethanol co-op board member. Also, as a wee digestif, we bring you a rundown of celebrity biofuels hitting the shelves soon. (OK, we completely made them up. What can we say — two weeks of biofuels coverage would leave you a little punchy too.)