12 Mar '13, 8pm

Corn free: Cutting back on our dominant crop is easier said than done

Corn free: Cutting back on our dominant crop is easier said than done

Shutterstock We just can’t quit you, corn. We at Grist go on and on about corn — how it’s far too dominant in the U.S. agricultural landscape, how it uses too much land, water, fertilizer, pesticides, and taxpayer dollars, and how it produces too little food . It’s a familiar refrain around here. Last week, University of Minnesota agricultural scientist Jonathan Foley, author of peer-reviewed research into the global impacts of agriculture , took to the pages of Scientific American to declare that corn is far too dominant in the U.S. agricultural landscape, that it uses too much land, water, fertilizer, pesticides, and taxpayer dollars, and that it produces too little food. Foley goes so far as to use the language of the financial crisis to state plainly that: The monolithic nature of corn production presents a systemic risk to America’s agriculture , with impacts ranging ...

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