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Is growing corn the solution to greenhouse gas emissions??

by on December 5, 2013

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=how-growing-corn-could-produce-less-pollution

 

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  1. Colleen Ahern permalink

    Corn growers are cutting their carbon footprint by half/more than half by changing the way they farm. The method that works best is to: 1) use manure from their cattle operations 2) use GPS system for efficiency 3) mix corn with other cover crops (plants that put nitrogen in the soil; reduces need for synthetic fertilizer and reduces soil disturbances). This maximizes the mount of product in the RIGHT way (increase of 20%), unlike Monsanto who genetically modifies their crops and covers them with harmful pesticides and other chemicals. Monsanto harms the environment in the name of profit, but these corn growers have figured out a way to maximize production while helping the environment! By using manure, industrial fertilizer use in reduced by 14%, which has a huge impact in the reduction of greenhouse gases. Farmers admit these methods take more time, but it is worth it in the benefits to production, profit, and environmental effects. Its refreshing to see that at least one industry is willing to put in extra work and time to make a difference in greenhouse gas emissions. By changing just a few steps in the production process, corn growers are making a huge impact on the environment and changing the way the corn industry produces for the number one corn-consuming nation in the world

  2. Corn is one of the largest agricultural products grown in the world. It plays a significant role in our diets and is found in the majority of the foods we eat. We produce a lot of corn, thus reducing the carbon footprint of corn production is definitely needed to mitigate the effects of global warming and climate change. One of the startling statistics in this article was that nitrous oxide, which is released from fertilizers used in corn production, has a global warming potential 900 times that of carbon dioxide. 900 times!!!! Reducing the need for industrial fertilizers is thus critical in the mitigation of emissions from corn agriculture and seems like cow manure is a good option to reduce these emission levels.

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