Sunday, August 26, 2007

AP Finally Gets an Ethanol Story Right

DDG DDGS Dried Distillers Grains Food vs Fuel Ethanol EnergyAfter repeating the mantra over and over that corn for ethanol takes corn away from the food supply, it's interesting to note today's AP Centerpiece: "Byproduct helps ranchers near ethanol plants"

In it, AP reports that "dairy farmers and beef ranchers are finding advantages to being close to an ethanol plant" and "can save money by buying wet distillers grains." And just what is this new secret that AP has finally learned?

The secret is of course is Dried Distillers Grains (DDG), an important coproduct from the corn ethanol process that returns the unused parts of corn such as the fats, proteins and minerals into a highly desired fed that cattlemen and the livestock industry can use to feed their animals. Of course, if AP had checked here on, they would have already known this.

The story also includes a quote from a cattleman who says that he is increasing his usage because dried distillers grains are working so well.

Now if the media would dig just a little deeper, they'd learn a whole lot more about how renewable fuels are part of the solution and not just repeat the talking points of the doomsayers.

Source: AP

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