But it actually gets way worse than higher food prices. Thanks to Congress last year essentially commanding American farmers to scrap whatever they were doing to instead focus on producing as much corn as they can possibly manage -- you know, for ethanol, that magical alcohol that'll soon replace gasoline -- prices have also been pushed higher for gasoline, beer, farmland, and anything else even loosely related to corn.
Already, state and federal subsidies for ethanol -- pushed by greens hoping to diminish reliance on fossil fuels -- approach $6 billion per year. Couple this with a 54-cent per gallon import tariff, and farmers would be insane not to cash in. So while the size of American farmlands are retreating, the percentage dedicated to corn is growing. This led to American farmers producing more corn last year than any year during the last half century. Non-corn farm good are consequently growing more costly. Not that corn's getting any cheaper: its price grew 80 percent in 2006 alone.
All of this is owed to the artificial demand created by the economic wizards populating Congress. Perhaps people should start sending them their grocery bills as a sign of thanks.