An important point often overlooked in the war against corn ethanol is that 1/3 or the corn used for producing ethanol is returned as Dried Distillers Grains.
Ethanol production requires only the starch portion of a corn kernel to produce the American-grown, renewable fuel. The remaining protein, fat, fiber, and other nutrients are returned to livestock feeders.
A new report this week from the Renewable Fuels Association, Fueling a Nation; Feeding the World, shows that the US ethanol industry is providing an important and growing nutritious livestock feed for both domestic and international markets.
According to the RFA report, America’s ethanol producers produced nearly 35 million metric tons (mmt) of livestock feed in the 2009/2010 marketing year. That's a lot of corn that is being returned to the livestock market.
According to the RFA, by volume, that production is greater than the total amount of grain consumed by all of the beef cattle in the nation’s feedlots.
The RFA also pointed out some fun facts about how much corn this represents:
For the current 2010/2011 marketing year, feed production from the ethanol industry is projected at 39 mmt.
- if the 39 mmt of livestock feed was a country’s corn crop, it would represent the 4th largest crop in the world 39 mmt of livestock feed would be enough feed to produce 50 billion quarter-pound hamburgers – seven patties for each person on the planet
- 39 mmt of livestock feed would be enough to produce one chicken breast for every American every day for a yearAmerican ethanol produces both Food AND Fuel.
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