Corn for Grain or Corn for Ethanol? Group Project by: Kayla Chronister, Michael Flanagan, and Colton Dull
The Pros of using Corn for Ethanol • Will help to reduce future gas prices • Will provide jobs in corn farming • Provides jobs in Ethanol processing • Provides jobs in Transportation of Ethanol • Alternate and more environmentally friendly than pure gasoline
Pros of Ethanol (cont.) • Will provide time to allow for research for alternate fuel sources other than fossil fuels. • Will provide corn farmers with additional ways to earn profits
The Cons of using Corn for Ethanol • The larger the production of Ethanol, the less corn is being used to provide food • Hunger levels rising will also mean that a death rate will rise among those in poverty due to lack of food • The higher the use of ethanol, means less fields being used to grow things other than corn
Cons of Ethanol (cont.) • There would be a lack of other crop based food products • Ethanol produces nearly as much pollution as pure gasoline during its refinement
Facts about Ethanol • To fill one 25-gallon tank of a SUV of pure ethanol, it would take enough corn to feed a person for a year • It takes six billion gallons of ethanol to replace its alternative, before any of it is added to the fuel • Ethanol’s processing, as said before, pollutes the environment almost as much as using pure fossil fuels, like gasoline.
Facts about Ethanol • 90% of Ethanol in the United States is made with corn. • Ethanol has been used for over 200 years • Corn can grow in diverse climates, therefore there are many fields in the United States.
The Pros of using Corn for Grain • The more use of corn for grain means the price of food products with the use of corn will decrease • The cheaper food products are, the easier it is to help prevent hunger related deaths • With more corn being needed for food, more jobs will be needed to harvest the crops
The Cons of Corn for Grain • With less corn being used to make ethanol, there will be a larger dependency on foreign fuels • Pure gasoline with no addition of Ethanol means that pollution levels of the air will raise drastically • Without corn processing to make Ethanol, jobs would be lost in this section of the economy
Pictures: Corn for Ethanol Corn Grain A Cornfield All Pictures from Google Images.
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