EPA Report Indicates Increasing Man-Made Dead Zones In Our Waterways - Page 2
The first option is to divert some of the existing corn acreage that currently feeds the nation's livestock. Given the growing demand for meat both domestically and in developing countries, this is not a likely scenario.
The second option is to clear more land to enable the planting of even more corn, which of course, will necessitate more fertilizers and exacerbate the "dead zone" problem that is already growing quickly.
The final option is to take a broader look at the environmental costs that accompany the marginal benefits that come from ethanol production and use as a fuel.
If this were done, objectively and without pressure from agribusiness, it would quickly be apparent that this option is the most realistic and our current ethanol production targets for the coming years should be sharply curtailed.