Back to the ethanol discussion. Here is some alternative information on the Pimentel perspective. http://www.ncga.com/ethanol/debunking/index.asp Additional studies and analysis can be found at the following link including studies looking at the effect of corn ethanol production on food prices. I wonder if anyone has looked at the effect of corn plastic production on food prices? Walmart is trying to use more plastic packaging derived from corn and other renewable sources for products. This could could be a very dangerous precedent as these materials compete with food that they now also package. http://www.ncga.com/ethanol/main/index.asp By the way corn prices have dropped precipitously this past week along with the rains finally falling throughout the heart of the corn belt. I wonder if all of those reporters writing stories about higher corn prices driving food prices higher will retract those reports if corn prices settle lower this Fall should we be blessed with an abundant harvest? Personally, I doubt that food processors, wholesalers, and retailers will lower their prices as a result of lower corn prices because energy costs from higher electricity rates, oil prices, and natural gas prices are the real culprits behind higher food costs. I also suspect some businesses selling products saw a convenient scapegoat to justify improving their own profit margins eroded by higher energy costs which don't seem to get much media attention beyond gasoline prices that some use in a sordid attempt to increase support for more Government Control of markets. Here is a link to recent commodity price reports that makes for interesting reading. Not only does it note a sharp drop off in corn prices, it also notes soybean prices falling and an unprecedented surplus in soybeans expected to remain at the end of the 2006/2007 marketing period. Economics 101 at work in free markets to great benefit of free people, or at least freer markets and freer peoples. Now if only we could get to work on changing Government Policy relative to reducing taxes, tariffs, subsidies, and monopoly power in strategic markets that frustrate more efficient free market allocation of these resources to benefit the greater good of the American public. http://ncga.ncgapremium.com/index.aspx?ascxID=dowJones&category=1&djid=20078 Keep praying for timely rains and good growing conditions. Abundant harvests have been known to work wonders on market prices.