Depending on who you talk to, this is quite alarming.
This may not be the best fragile earth topic, but I find this hard to categorize.
Some of you may be aware of grain burning stoves. Yes heaters that burn grains such as wheat or corn.
A Pellet Stove is a zoned heating appliance much like a wood or gas stove which burns wood pellets as a fuel source. Most pellet stoves are easily
vented through a wall as compared to their wood counterpart. There is also a wider flexibility of installation options since the venting pipes are
When compared to wood heating, the Dell-Point pellet stoves are fully automated. A hopper on the back of the stove can hold up to 60 lbs. of fuel,
which is then automatically fed to the combustion chamber, according to how much heat is required. Pellet fuel is easier to load and store than wood
and has a much longer burning cycle, (less filling). Instead of a typical "heat you out of the room radiant wood stove", our pellet stoves are
equipped with blowers which force hot air into the room through a heat exchanger located on the front of the stove. And because these stove use the
principal of convection heating (blowing hot air) clearance to combustibles (sides and back) is much less than wood stove installations.
Now this isnt all that interesting. Until you take a look at whats happening in the rest of the world.
This is a two part equation.
First- We produce enough food that we can actually use the product as a heat source.
Second- There are other people in the world that would kill to eat this food source.
Now you may think, well why dont we sell this grain to these people ! It would seem that simple.
What kind of world do we live in where:
A- Farmers cannot get a decent price for their product and actually end up burning it for heat
B-We have a shortage of food and the governments wont help them.
I dont know about you, but put two and two together.
This thread actually has nothing to do with grain burning stoves. Its why we have grain burning stoves.
Some things to think about:
-Why cant we get better markets for our produce? No the farmer cant just call up africa and cut a deal.
-Why isnt anything being done?
Such a simple thing. Who profits from grain trade?
Its not the farmer. Tell that to the farmers in my area that are all going broke. And no they are not factory farmers or farming 8000 acres of land.
Why isnt the product going to places that need it? Why havnt the governments established programs to get this product to areas that need it and kill
two birds with one stone?
Who is profiting in this?