Farmers are stewards of the land. They must be, or else despoil the resource from which they make their living. So they have as much – or more – of a stake in protecting the environment as environmentalists. Just a few examples of the progress they are making: Through reduced tillage and other farm management practices, farmers have cut erosion by 43 percent in 20 years. Farmers produce 70 percent more corn from a pound of fertilizer than they did 35 years ago. All this means a diminished carbon footprint, fewer greenhouse gases and less global warming.
- Are farmers producing enough corn to feed people and make ethanol?
- Where’s your proof that there is plenty of corn?
- Why was supply ever in doubt in the midst of the second-largest corn harvest in history?
- Isn’t this just some abstract, inside-the-Beltway policy wrangle? Why does all this matter to people like me?
- So corn is a hugely important crop. Why didn’t I know this until now?
- So how is this supposed to make food so expensive?
- But what about ethanol? Isn’t it inefficient and bad for the environment?
- Can corn farmers manage to keep setting records for production?
- How does growing all this corn affect the environment?
- What’s ahead for corn prices?
- What will that do to the supply?
- What about ethanol and the other uses of corn?
- So the future of corn looks good?
- Then what, if anything, must we do about corn?
Mark Lambert Coalition Director Corn Farmers Coalition firstname.lastname@example.org
632 Cepi Drive Chesterfield, MO 63005