Bleak Future?

Something needs to be done. There’s a real problem looming on the horizon and I’m not sure that we have done enough to properly prepare ourselves for it.

Al Gore and environmental activists have finally, after years of persistence, convinced the world that global climate change is an issue that must be dealt with. As a result more hybrid cars are being sold than ever before, alternative energy sources like wind and solar are gaining more and more prominence. And alternative fuel sources to oil are being produced in greater quantities than ever before.

That’s what’s causing the problem. Corn is a popular choice as a bio-fuel alternative to oil. But there are only so many farmers in the world and they haven’t been sitting idle all of these years just waiting for a bio-fuel revolution. They’ve been growing other crops but with demand for corn rising and driving up the cost, it’s hard for these farmers to say no. And when they say yes to corn, they have to say goodbye to whatever it was that they were growing before.

Do you see where I’m going with this? Farmers that used to grow crops that are turned into our favorite booze are being replaced. Barley, grown for beer, and agave, grown for tequila, are both falling to king corn. As a result beer is becoming more expensive and that trend is expected to continue in the future. Tequila will also grow more expensive and, worse, become harder to find. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before we see the same trend begin to affect Scotch, vodka, Irish whisky, bourbon, rum, etc.

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