A letter in the June 17 Tomahawk Leader:
To The Editor:
Food or fuel? Drive or eat?
That question sure hits me in the gut. You mean I have to decide whether I want to drive or eat? Who came up with that silly and unfounded idea. Have you ever witnessed an American citizen starve to death or our economy come to a grinding halt due to lack of fuel? I do have that strange thought in the back of my mind, could we live in the dark, starve and freeze to death?
We have the most advanced and prolific agricultural industry in the world. Just because we in America take three squares a day with a high calorie diet and the resulting obesity, heart disease and diabetes for granted, why should be blame the American farmer and the production of alcohol from corn?
I am just old enough to remember when 65 bushels of corn per acre was an outstanding crop in Illinois. Bragging rights for soy beans were 30-plus bushels per acre. The American Farm Bureau is projecting 300 bushels of corn per acre by the year 2020. Soy bean yields in the southern U.S. have shown dramatic increases. Sure seems to me that American agriculture is on the leading edge of feeding the world.
The world population is going up and will double in the next 50 years. We can help, but can we really expect to feed the world forever? It sure is sad to know that food production in most Second and Third World countries is not keeping up with their population growth. Thank goodness we have a caring and giving community so that people don’t go hungry through our emergency and regular food pantries and outstanding community support.
Let’s have some faith and confidence in the American farmer to feed us. Let’s also put away the “pity pot” and stand up for our gluttonous use of the world’s energy supplies. We are 5 percent of the world’s population and consume 25 percent of the world’s energy. It is time to grow up and become part of the solution.
In Wisconsin! Where is our wind energy? Where is our bio fuels and wood alcohol production/ Where are our lower speed limits? Where is our statewide energy conservation program? Where is the tax relief in towns, cities and countries to enable new segments of energy technology to call Tomahawk home? Where are our state politicians? Do they even care?
As the old folks say, “Time are a changing.” Are we going to be part of the solution or part of the problem? It will be very tough to pay for high priced fuel, but would you rather it come from the good old U.S.A. or some foreign country where they detest our innards? What a thrill if we have the strength, courage and foresight to solve our own problems and quit bickering.
Garfield the Cat says, “The truth will set you free, but first you will hurt” and hurt and hurt.
See you at the pump, supermarket and pain clinic.