Is Corn Better As Food Or Biofuel? Environmental Costs Assessed

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Remember how ethanol produced from corn was supposed to help solve our energy needs and environmental issues by reducing dependence on foreign oil and producing fewer air pollutants? Well, a pair of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign scientists say think again.
In a study published Tuesday in the American Geophysical Union journal Earth’s Future, Praveen Kumar and Meredith Richardson say let’s go back to thinking of corn as food.