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Ethanol and the Battle Over Corn

What's the controversy all about?

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The extensive archives of Health Politics with Dr. Mike Magee, a popular weekly Internet-based electronic media program that explores complex issues of health care policy and public health, have been made available to Access Excellence. The topics and materials selected by AE's editors address National Science Education Standards and/or National Health Education Standards, are included in middle and high school science and health curricula, and are of particular relevance to middle and high school teachers and learners.

Ethanol and the Battle Over Corn (8/11/2006)

Questions answered by this presentation:

  1. What is America's number one crop?
  2. Why is this crop - including its production and usage - at the center of a global controversy?
  3. Regardless of any controversy, what are the two clear benefits of the use of ethanol?
  4. Why is water such a major concern when it comes to increased ethanol production?
  5. What role do government subsidies play in the ethanol debate?

Related Links

The Ethanol Solution (CBS News)
Could Corn-Based Fuel Help End America's Dependence On Imported Oil?

A simple solution to pain at the pump? (MSNBC)
Greener and cheaper, ethanol could fuel rural America – and won't feed Mideast terrorism

Ethanol's Water Demands (The Chief Engineer)
More corn and ethanol means more water

Ethanol Facilities (National Corn Growers Association)
Which states have ethanol production facilities?

Ethanol Reshapes the Corn Market (USDA Economic Research Service)
The expanding U.S. ethanol sector is stimulating demand for corn, but alternatives to corn may dampen that demand.

Ethanol: Myths and Realities (Business Week)
Ten questions -- and answers -- about the fuel that's supposed to save the economy

Links updated: 26 January 2009
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