Climate, Rainforest and Other Environmental Impacts of Corn Ethanol Gaining Prominence

Over a year ago, the U.S. Congress passed a law requiring massive increases in the production of ethanol and other biofuels. The by 2022. At the moment, most of this comes from ethanol produced by corn, and in the future plans are to power vehicles from forests and other biomass.

Thankfully the ecological science and advocacy is catching up with the hype and hucksterism. production given finite land, fertilizers and water; and in the face of exponential increases in population and demand for energy.

Our recent alert with was instrumental in delaying what had appeared to be certain approval for the proposal. Let’s use this reprieve to continue organizing to resist agrofuels at the expense of food, people, ecosystems and climate. In addition to health and economic concerns, we are successfully making with others the point that “If using one acre of corn to make ethanol leads to just one-tenth of an acre of rainforest clearing, then all the benefits of avoided gasoline for the first 30 years are wiped out.”

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