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Corn... Fuel... Fire! U.S. Corn Subsidies Promote Amazon Deforestation

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Amazon deforestation and fires are being aggravated by US farm subsidies, claims STRI's staff scientist William Laurance

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John Bessa (305)
Tuesday January 8, 2008, 12:57 pm
This shows how freaky the global economy is; because the US is shifting from soy to corn for fuel, more rain forest is being cut to fill the void left by US farmers when they shifted from soy to corn.

The implication is that the US corn subsidies is causing rain forest destruction as if the US government was subsidizing the growing of corn in the Amazon; the article title is misleading.

Obviously, the most important ways to deal with the growing energy crisis are to:

* subsidize mass transit to take cars off the road
* stop the building of sub-division housing developments which are the commuter culture
* restructure cities to be democratic by eliminating the party-boss system
* restructure housing to be democratic by replacing "boards of directors" with democratic goverance
* decentralize trucking so truckers can wait for loads rather than drive empty
* bring democracy to commuter rail roads
* bring back local industry, political representation, and restore the natural "communities of knowledge"
* stop making the first world a magnet for financial migration
* return humanity to a largely vegetable diet
~and most important~
* outlaw the cutting of forests everywhere


Daniel Barker (35)
Tuesday January 8, 2008, 1:43 pm
On the Rush Limbaugh show someone mentioned that the first election in the country -actually the caucus - is in Iowa. Iowa is a prime corn state, and naturally candidates want to appeal to farmers, so they promote...alcohol from corn. I have written everybody - a wide spectrum of political parties to many enviromnental groups - about the insanity of driving up the price of corn to where Mexicans are starving!

John, you are right. The federal government under the Republican administrations has been doing everything it can to derail Amtrak - at the same time President Bush actually directly subisidized several airlines who had financial problems after Sept. 11.

And you are right Americans eat too much meat - I try to live on six pounds a year - just look at any restaurant menu and you see meat about 98% of the meals.

I would like to work with you changing how we abuse the planet.

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday January 8, 2008, 2:59 pm
Why are the "stupids" in the U$A growing corn when they should be growing sugar cane which produces 10 times more biofuel (energy) than corn???

Michael Sandstrom (306)
Tuesday January 8, 2008, 11:55 pm
Wait a minute, we pay some people NOT to grow crops?? Noted

Paul Burke (316)
Wednesday January 9, 2008, 9:39 am
Oh yes we do Mike - the whole subsidized system is just a "graft" give away of our tax dollars. The small farmer is being squeezed out and agribusiness is trying to become the next OPEC. We're trapped in the middle and the greedy are their own worst enemy.

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Wednesday January 9, 2008, 3:17 pm
My daughter is having a rough time at school these days, cause there is a girl in her class, constantly telling everybody what they should and should not be doing. And the teachers say, it is because this girl has the streak of a leader. Now, I'm an organic farmer and I live half way across the other side of US and IMF and all the mighty coorperations are telling me what I should plant, what I should spray it with and how much of it I can sell. Do I sound like I need a girl with a leader streak in her in my class?!
Just wanted to cheer you all up a bit, cause I need some cheering up myself these days. Some pupils in my class are chopping up my favorite woods for pocket money!
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