Ethanol (corn) production

Richard Wetjen

How it's used

Ethanol is used as a source of fuel. It is used to power cars and trucks and is sold at gas stations and other petroleum retailors.


How much is being used

The United States consumed roughly 5.4 billion gallons of ethanol in 2006 and since has been consuming on the steady rise more.


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How Ethanol is made

Whats needed to make it

Corn, fermentation tanks, distillery, and gas stations to sell it.


The leading producers. America in the lead.

2012 World Fuel Ethanol Production

Continent

Millions of Gallons

North & Central America

13,768

South America

5,800

Brazil

5,577

Europe

1,139

Asia

952

China

555

Canada

449

Australia

71

Africa

42

Source: RFA, F.O. Lichts


Cost of production

The cost to make ethanol flexes greatly on wether corn prices are high or low at the time.


Amount produced annually on graph

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Carbon dioxide emissions

Using ethanol in place of gasoline helps to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by up 30-50%. It burns cleaner and helps by keeping the air cleaner by not putting off so many carbon emissions.


Main issue

The main issue surrounding ethanol production is that it is using corn that is also being used for food production around the world. This results in higher food prices all around the world.


Areas using ethanol

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Impact on Agriculture

For most farmers Ethanol is a good deal. The corn prices are good as more and more corn is in demand, but on the other hand the farmers raising livestock it raises the prices on the feed that they are using so its not good for all farmers.