Article Food v/s Fuel
India Produces all its Ethanol from molasses.
In fact it also exports molasses for fuel ethanol & only a marginal
%age of potable alcohol is produced from grains. Currently in India
no single drop of alcohol for fuel ethanol is from grains route.
There is lot of debate of the food v/s fuel aspect, but I think it
doesn’t make any sense in India, rather it is not feasible to
produce fuel ethanol in India. As the cost is approximately Rs. 20/-
a liter considering average yearly prices of grains.
Indian consumption of liquor is around 840 Mn liters & only marginal
of potable liquor is produced from grains.
So ultimately if there is debate on fuel v/s food, it is not
justified at all. So the anti-ethanol activists should stop debating
the food v/s fuel in India & not to confuse the social cause of
blending ethanol in petrol.
We can say “anti-ethanol Walon ko food v/s fuel ka bahana chahiye”
Sir, “Yeh public hai, sab janati hai”
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