The U.S. Drought and its effects

So I was watching a clip today about the drought conditions in middle America, the breadbasket so to speak.

Of course on of the biggest crops is corn. Old King Corn – it’s used as animal feed, as sweetener and as fuel though the energy required to make fuel from corn is rather excessive and therefore makes ethanol based fuels kind of stupid.

But one effect of the lack of corn is that the people who raise cows and pigs are slaughtering younger animals which is flooding the market with meat right now. But later on you’ll see a scarcity of those very meats. If you have the means and a deep freezer I suggest you stock up.

But there is one silver lining to this. The sweetener I talked about, that’s corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup. That benefit is that the scarcity of corn is going to drive the price of HFCS up. Be on the lookout for carbonated beverage manufacturers to be switching back to sugar soon enough. The trade barriers to imported sugar are still up in the U.S. no thanks to Domino Sugar! But there are moves to remove the barriers which will make real sugar cheap enough so that sodas, baked goods, etc. will more likely than not start using sugar again.

I know, the evidence on HFCS says it’s no different than sugar. But I’ve lost a whole lot of weight when I cut HFCS to an absolute minimum.

So I won’t be sorry to see it go.

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