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Comment: Let 'em fail (maybe HELP them)

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Let 'em fail (maybe HELP them)

End of story. The situation is no different from the big banks. If you let "them" fail, only the least profitable (i.e. those getting the most subsidies) will fail first and we will be left with the rest which are true and genuine farmers.

On top of that, we don't want so much corn grown because it's mostly used for nefarious purposes.

One major use is in 'corn syrup' or high fructose corn syrup which is a bastardized, distilled version of sugar, similar in body reactions to ethanol, but is as much as 140 times as sweet as real sugar. The body cannot break it down the same way and it leads to obesity and a diminished satiety signal (that which tells your brain you're full).

Another major use is in the extortion of poor countries. Grain, including corn, wheat, soy, sorghum, etc. is sent to starving countries on contract that it continue indefinitely and that they pay us back for it with interest and strings. These crops then flood their market and put their farmers out of business, further perpetuating the subsidy.

Another major use is the scam of energy production in the form of ethanol. The entire ethanol production chain takes 1.00 unit of total energy input in the generation of 1.29 units of energy output. Oil's worst example today (tar sands) still produces 3 to 1 (EROEI of 3) with shale at 3.5 to 1. In the past, oil has migrated downward from 100 a century ago, to 30 in the 1970's, to 5 in 2007. Natural gas is still around 10-12. Wind's best examples today are climbing quickly above 120, solar climbing past 180. Without external interference, it's impossible to profit at less than 2 and impractical to chase energy at less than 3.

The actual corn used in foods which we would expect it to be used in (corn tortillas, corn on the cob, corn bread, etc.) is a very very tiny percentage of what we grow.

In short, corn keeps us unhealthy, our foreign countries poor and dependent on us and pushes back energy sustainability.