Spreading Misinformation about Corn and Ethanol is a Major Disservice to America and U. S. Energy Security says ACGF Chairman
WILCOX, Neb. – March 28, 2011 –Gale Lush, Chairman of the American Corn Growers Foundation (ACGF) is blasting food processing companies and their associations, the petroleum industry, environmental groups, big livestock feeding entities and others who are targeting their corn and ethanol misinformation campaigns at members of Congress, public policy officials and consumers. “One bushel of corn yields a wealth of feed, food and fuel products for consumers. Plus, ethanol is a major U. S. energy security bonus as well,” said Lush.

“Instead of attacking ethanol and corn growers, members of Congress and industry leaders, environmentalists, and yes, consumers, should be supporting corn farmers for holding down gas prices, creating jobs and building the nation’s economy. Why not thank farmers for helping feed the world, while fueling our great nation and reducing our dependence on oil regimes that are affiliated with terrorists?” asked Lush. “One-third of every bushel of corn processed into ethanol is enhanced and returned to the animal feed market in the form of distillers grains (which has about 40% of the feed value of raw corn), corn gluten feed or corn gluten meal. U.S. ethanol, in terms of gasoline equivalent in 2011, nearly matches Canada, America’s No. 1 oil supplier.”

Ethanol production utilized the protein and other components in 3.8 billion bushels of corn in 2009 to produce 30.5 million metric tons of high quality livestock feed, distillers grains and corn gluten feed and meal, while using only the STARCH to produce 10.6 billion gallons of ethanol. (high protein feed co-products from ethanol shown below)

What's in a Bushel of Corn? North Dakota State University Extension Service Reports:

Each bushel of corn can produce up to 2.5 gallons (ACGF note: According to USDA modern ethanol plants are producing about 2.8 gallons per bushel of corn in 2011) of ethanol fuel. Only the starch from the corn is used to make ethanol. Most of the substance of the corn kernel remains, leaving the protein and valuable co-products to be used in the production of food for people, livestock feed, and various chemicals. For example, that same bushel of corn (56 lbs.) used in ethanol manufacturing can also produce the following: The corn oil is used in producing food for human consumption. For example, 1.5 lbs of corn oil from a bushel of corn is equivalent to 2 lbs of margarine. The 21% protein feed is used in making high protein livestock feed. The carbon dioxide is used as a refrigerant, in carbonated beverages, to help vegetable crops to grow more rapidly in greenhouses, and to flush oil wells. Only the starch of the corn (carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen) is used to make ethanol.

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