Good luck finding your favourite cut of steak in New York City. Many of the city's most famous steak houses are now offering alternatives to the classic steak menu as beef is becoming more and more expensive due to the production of ethanol (which is made from corn.) Restauranteurs say as feed gets more expensive, good cuts of meat decrease in production, which in turn drive prices up. This all in an effort to curb North America's dependence on foreign oil, as ethanol made from corn is believed to be the fuel of the future.
Corn is the primary feed for cattle that produce USDA-grade prime beef. Corn is also the main ingredient for what many believe is the fuel of the future, ethanol.