|Corn Ethanol Deadlier Than VW Emissions Scam|
Environmental Working Group - 1/27/2016. By Emily Cassidy - Volkswagen could be fined up to $90 billion for violating the federal Clean Air Act by jerry-rigging diesel engines to burn cleaner on emissions tests. The added air pollution will cause up to 60 premature deaths of Americans a year. Robert Bryce, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, points out that the government's mandate to blend corn ethanol into gasoline also increases emissions of NOx and other hazardous pollutants. A 2010 study by the Environmental Protection Agency found that the added emissions from the corn ethanol mandate “are anticipated to lead to up to 245 cases of adult premature mortality.”
|The Kingdom of Corn|
The Contrary Farmer - 1/27/2016. By Gene Logsdon - You can find a stunning photo of the kingdom of corn in, of all places, the Sunday New York Times travel section Jan. 7. I stared at that photo on and off for three days, transfixed by what it silently said for all of us who know corn. In the photo, taken in rural Iowa, there’s one lonely farmhouse, surrounded by winter corn stubble as far as the camera can see.
|Monsanto defeated? That's what the Syngenta merger shows us|
The Ecologist - 1/27/2016. Monsanto has acquired a commanding role in the biotech, seed and agro-chemical industries, writes Carmelo Ruiz. So why is the company desperate to merge with its rival Syngenta? The truth is the company is in deep trouble, as its top-selling Roundup herbicide runs out of steam, and its rivals combine to challenge its dominance.