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How Big Corn Is Killing the Earth


Environment  (tags: ethanol, air pollution, overdevelopment, politics, pollution, energy, environment, destruction, ecosystems, world, habitatdestruction, habitat, wildlife )

Cal
- 371 days ago - takepart.com
Production of corn-based ethanol, touted as a 'cleaner and greener' energy source, is destroying prairie lands and cutting into our food supply.



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Theodore Shayne (56)
Sunday November 17, 2013, 8:20 am
Plus it's all GMO corn. Win/win for Uncle Rockie and Zbiggy et al @ the Trilats House. Exorbitant profits uber alles.
 

Sheila S. (66)
Sunday November 17, 2013, 8:29 am
“Locals have lost their farmland and their supply of fresh water as well as access to essential natural resources,” the report reads, “while the durable employment and creation of infrastructure that were expected with this investment did not materialize.”
How very sad! And the worst part is...it sounds so familiar - the same BS they are feeding residents where they want to frack!
 

Freya H. (313)
Sunday November 17, 2013, 9:46 am
What's wrong with making ethanol/biofuel from switchgrass and algae - or corn stalks and leaves?
 

Betsy Bee (1043)
Sunday November 17, 2013, 2:35 pm
Sad and shocking.
 

Christine Stewart (132)
Sunday November 17, 2013, 3:46 pm
I was so sad the read that the increased corn production caused the destruction of native prairie lands, just as bad as the deforestation in Indonesia for palm oil production!
 

Rhonda B. (108)
Sunday November 17, 2013, 4:20 pm
sad.
 

Debbie S. (33)
Sunday November 17, 2013, 4:34 pm
GMO has to go. Big Ag with all the chemicals is a terrible wasting of the planet.
 

joanie Eggert (1)
Sunday November 17, 2013, 4:56 pm
hemp,i can't believe we still out law the growing of industrial hemp.It's such a no brainer.I don't know if it's corruption or stupidity or both.It grows anywhere without any aide from chemicals and it grows fast.use it for paper ,news print,food ,construction materials,fuel for cars plus many other ecco friendly uses.
 

Janis K. (107)
Sunday November 17, 2013, 6:17 pm
Sad, thanks.
 

A F. (132)
Sunday November 17, 2013, 6:48 pm
Monsanto = evil. :(
 

Katie D. (103)
Sunday November 17, 2013, 9:34 pm
So they grow more corn it isn't safe to eat! Even our senator;s say it;s to grow more so they can feed more people! If it's not Safe why??? But it will be sneaked into our foods! Buy Organic and that won't happen!
Thank You
 

Ben B. (39)
Sunday November 17, 2013, 9:51 pm
The issue of arable land use, i.e. whether for food or fuel, is a classic case of opportunity cost. To choose to do one thing is usually at the expense of the alternative. The fact is that we have a limited supply of arable land, even if we converted all nature reserves to fuel production, the amount of land available on Earth is limited. The drive to produce alternatives to mineral oil-based fuels, i.e. to increase production of bio-fuels, should be redirected to developing alternative energy sources, for all energy uses, including automotive, e.g. eco-friendly electricity production to fuel electric cars. Things that do no harm to the environment, that are renewable, viable in the long-term and reduce our carbon emissions.
 

june t. (66)
Sunday November 17, 2013, 10:45 pm
Joannie Eggert - I agree. However, the next thing we'll be seeing is Monsanto turning hemp into the next GMO crop with all the same issues as gmo corn. How do we stop that from happening?
 

Past Member (0)
Monday November 18, 2013, 12:49 am
When they talk of unattended consequence, this is an example.
 

ERIKA SOMLAI (266)
Monday November 18, 2013, 2:58 am
noted
 

Maria S. (95)
Monday November 18, 2013, 6:05 am
Sadly noted.
 

Ed V. (184)
Monday November 18, 2013, 6:05 am
S&N, Thanks

 

Dmitry Nikiforov (236)
Monday November 18, 2013, 6:48 am
sad
 

Frances Darcy (224)
Monday November 18, 2013, 7:47 am
sad... and getting sadder!!
 

Michael Kirkby (86)
Monday November 18, 2013, 9:02 am
Done
 

Wonder Girl (0)
Monday November 18, 2013, 10:19 am
I can't believe something so innocent like corn is doing this.
 

Victoria Oakey (121)
Monday November 18, 2013, 11:58 am
Noted. Big corn “wiped out millions of acres of conservation land, destroyed habitat and polluted water supplies" in the US. Thank you for the information.
 

Shanti S. (0)
Monday November 18, 2013, 1:04 pm
Thank you.
 

Franshisca Dearmas (91)
Monday November 18, 2013, 5:29 pm
NO MONSANTO. Noted TY Cal
 
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