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ROGERS — The corn-hungry ethanol industry has caused plenty of financial pain for U. S. beef, chicken and pork processors, but there’s a furrier casualty in this battle between food and fuel.
Rabbits are becoming a scarce commodity as alfalfa and soybeans — the main ingredients in their feed — lose acreage to highpriced corn across the nation. This nationwide shift toward growing corn has tightened supplies of other commodities, which tends to drive their prices up, as well.
A new study by the University of Nebraska's Kenneth Vogel has shown that switchgrass, a prairie grass found alongside the borders of many fields, yields 540% more energy than is used to grow it.
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That impressive 540% figure compares quite favorably to the 93% return on soybean biodiesel and (measly) 25% return on corn ethanol. Emissions produced from using switchgrass bioethanol would be roughly 94% lower than those from gasoline - making it almost carbon neutral.
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