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Monsanto’s GMO corn comes to Mexico

Monsanto has been pushing to get their GM corn into Mexico since 2008, and there have been quite a few test plantings in Mexico already. So, what’s going on now with GMOs in Mexico? Back in 2011, Mexico experienced a severe cold snap and drought that devastated corn crops. Monsanto used the corn shortage to start […]

February 27th

France pushes to ban Monsanto’s GMO corn across the entire EU

Monsanto’s battle to get its genetically modified (GMO) corn into the European Union suffered a setback as the French Environment Ministry pushed the EU to implement a full ban, despite some agencies attempts to overrule it. Last November France’s high administrative court, the Conseil d’Etat, had ordered the ban lifted on one product, Monsanto’s MON 810 seed […]

February 21st

Finally: Wasteful corn ethanol subsidies ending

By Sasha Lyutse Natural Resources Defense Council I turn 30 this weekend. That means that for my whole life, the corn ethanol industry has been receiving federal subsidies. From the Energy Tax Act of 1978, which gave ethanol its first tax exemption, to the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, which put in place the Volumetric […]

December 26th

Mexico stands up to Monsanto – says no to GMO corn

As the US government continues to coddle agriculture giant Monsanto, the Mexican government is standing tall – turning down the company’s Genetically Modified (GMO) corn. After an 11-year moratorium on GMOs, Mexico had approved a small project with Monsanto and two other companies, but isn’t ready to go further into a full pilot program. “Corn […]

February 7th

Egypt’s Ethanol Revolution: Bad US Policy Driving Up Worldwide Food Prices

Food riots may be a big part of the pro-Democracy push in Mid-Eastern countries like Tunisia and Egypt. But the root cause of spiking food prices is the US’s foolish ethanol policy – turning food into fuel. But because Gingrich, Sarah Palin, et al need to go through the meat grinder of the Iowa Caucuses next year, it looks like we’re going to keep turning food into foolishness.

February 1st

Messing With Gene Expression in Corn

[social_buttons] A study is about to be published by scientists at the independent RIKILT – Institute for Food Safety in Wageningen, Netherlands.  It will appear in the next edition of Plant Biotechnology Journal – a prestigious, peer reviewed publication.  The study followed gene expression, protein levels and other metabolites associated with 60,000 genes in corn.  They compared different corn […]

April 29th

Brazilian Ethanol – Is It More Efficient or Less Mechanized

People who do not work for ADM, Deere, Cargill and Monsanto recognize that the rapidly growing corn ethanol industry is causing some unintended consequences. There has been a “corn rush” with rising prices for land, an increased demand for fertilizers, reduction in crop rotation schemes, and production cost increases for a wide array of food […]

July 28th

Ethanol, Texas, and a Waiver Request

Texas has reportedly applied for a waiver of the current ethanol standards. The Energy Policy Act provides an option for a waiver only if the environment or economy would be severely harmed because of the Renewable Fuel Standards.

July 25th

Obama and Ethanol: Is it Just About Winning Votes?

From faith-based reform to liquid coal, Obama is making blunders that are shaking his liberal base in order to appeal to more moderate voters. His long standing support of corn ethanol subsidies is another example that appears he is selling out for votes, or maybe I have misunderstood him from the start and created an ideal candidate that does not exist.

July 9th

Tangled Up in Green: The Dangers of Using Food for Fuel

Who knew Stephen King was a prophet? No, I’m not talking about the demon-possessed hot rods (I think we all saw that coming). I’m talking about America’s zombie-like loyalty to a certain cash crop — one that has turned our entire nation into the children of the corn. Lately, of course, you can’t watch, read, […]

March 27th

Tangled Up In Green: Sobering Effects of Corn Prices

As I start to stockpile bourbon (it’s made from at least 50% corn) as an investment strategy, I wonder why we are doing this to ourselves. You practically can’t read a newspaper or news magazine without someone condemning the use of corn as an alternative fuel source these days. And who wouldn’t. The ethanol boom […]

March 27th