Food vs. fuel debate: It’s about much more than corn (CS Monitor)

January 2, 2013 – This summer’s drought and the withering of a corn crop, which now dedicates its largest share to fuel rather than food, has thrown the limitations of corn ethanol into stark relief. Yet for all the negative impacts of corn ethanol – it was never a very clean or low carbon alternative to oil – it is now a deeply rooted part of our fuel supply. So, rather than continuing to fight yesterday’s battles over corn ethanol, we should focus on another, more significant, decision over the future of US biofuels production. And this time, we should nip it in the bud before it becomes as entrenched as corn ethanol.

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