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Dizzying Intellect » Fun’s Over

Fun’s Over

Ok, look.

Mexican farmers replace tequila plant with corn

We have to save the planet. I get it. We need to get off the Middle Eastern oil. Of course we do. But this isn’t funny anymore.

Ethanol demand has doubled corn prices, making it more profitable than agave.

[A]bout one-quarter of those who grow agave, which is used in the production of tequila, are expected to burn their fields to make way for corn, as prices have nearly doubled from what they were a year ago, due to US ethanol demand.

What does it profit a man, if he saves the world and pays less for fuel, yet he can’t celebrate these victories without blessed tequila?

I ask you.

  • By radix, May 31, 2008 @ 12:01 am

    On the other hand, that agave might have just been for mezcal. (sp?)

    (okay, that’s a bit of a reach for a joke.. Mexico has a proper name set of regulations that reminds me of the EU. There is lots of agave-based liquor made that is identical to Tequila, but because of where the agave is from and where it is distilled, it can’t legally be called Tequila, only mezcal.)

    Have I warned you that I’m a geek yet? :)

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