Sugar Ethanol gets boost in US from unlikely Foe
By Alan Anderson
The ruling by Judge Jeffrey White on Nov. 30 ordering that the current rootstock for producing Roundup Ready sugar beet seeds be removed from the ground should be made into a positive. The Center for Food Safety, Organic Seed Alliance, the Sierra Club and High Mowing Organic Seeds, plaintiffs in the original court challenge, sued to revoke the permits, saying they defy the deregulation ruling. The plaintiffs asked White for an injunction to uproot the stecklings before the case progressed. The ruling will not hurt the farmers or the seed companies; it is only going to hurt consumers of sugar.
With the development of the NON-Food Sugar Beet known as the “Energy Beet”; sugar beet farmers across the nation are considering switching crops. Now instead of sugar being the end product the Energy Beets will be instrumental in the largest change in ethanol here in the U.S. ever. The millions of acres that would have sat empty of regular GMO sugar beets can now be filled with the New Energy Beet. Corn farmers aren’t very happy about this idea because their cut of the ethanol market is about to dry up according to sources in Washington, D.C... Corn subsidies for ethanol are going to stop the end of 2010, and sugar beet farmer don’t use subsidies to grow sugar beets. Of all the available feed-stocks to use to produce ethanol; Energy beet tops them all in every category.
Let’s break down the numbers into simple terms we all can understand. Corn at its best can produce 425 gallons of ethanol per acre. Sugarcane runs between 650-725 gallons per acre. Traditional sugar beets produce between 700-750 gallons per acre. But wait, the Energy Sugar Beet produces between 795-950 gallons of ethanol per acre. All of these numbers come from varies reports from the USDA and DOE within the past year.
The Energy Sugar Beet even out performs the EPA and DOE standards mandating crops to be considered for advanced bio-fuels meet a 50% reduction in GHG threshold. The new beet far out reached that 50% and comes in at 75% +GHG reduction and that is using traditional farm practices. But in studies, using non-traditional practices such as low-till and the use of biodiesel on the farms this number has moved to over 85% +GHG reduction range.
The cost to the consumer at the pump will be the most amazing. Ethanol made from sugar is allot lower in cost than even corn ethanol.
With corn at an all time high, food vs. fuel issues still being debated and the price of gas going up daily. What is stopping us from moving to this Energy Beet and changing of our nation’s future to one of Oil Independence and creating a renewable resource that helps create jobs in a Green Energy revolution throughout America. At the same time we will have a fuel that even the oil industry couldn’t compete with as far as cost. Sugar ethanol from Energy Beets will be the lowest priced fuel on the market.