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All Things Poultry

Gary Thornton shares his thoughts on the US poultry industry. Thornton discusses legislation, trends, food safety issues and more relating to the poultry and meat industries in the US.

Ships with ethanol passing in the night and other economic madness

One ship headed north to the U.S. is loaded with Brazilian ethanol made from sugar cane. The other ship headed south to Brazil is loaded with U.S.-produced corn ethanol. Unfortunately, it is no joke but an example of how government’s intervention in economic markets seldom turns out well. The facts about this trade are not new but surfaced recently in a question to Purdue University’s Dr. Wallace Tyner, who was speaking at the National Chicken Council meeting about EPA’s pending decision concerning a possible waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard for corn ethanol in 2013.
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