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Prairies Vanishing in the US Amid Push for Corn Ethanol-Based Energy

Corn-Based Ethanol for Fuel

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  • The US boasted nearly 92 million acres of corn crops in 2014 – the fifth largest corn acreage in the US since 1944 (and 93 percent of it is genetically modified)
  • Since the US government began requiring corn ethanol in fuel in 2007, more than 1.2 million acres of grassland have been lost to corn (and soy) crops
  • Plowing up native grasslands to plant vast expanses of corn and soy – the epitome of monoculture -- releases carbon dioxide into the environment while increasing erosion and the use of toxic fertilizers and other chemicals; it also destroys habitat for native plants and wildlife.
  • More than 8 million acres of grassland and wetlands have been converted to corn from 2008 to 2011, which released at least 80 million tons of carbon a year
  • In 2014, economists estimate that $9.6 billion in taxpayer money could be paid out to corn, barley, soybean, rice, wheat, and sorghum producers due to government subsidies – double what was paid in 2013 and 53 percent more than the Congressional Budget Office predicted

By Dr. Mercola

The US boasted nearly 92 million acres of corn crops in 2014 – the fifth largest corn acreage in the US since 1944 (and 93 percent of it is genetically modified).


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