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AP: Negative Environmental and Economic Impacts from Ethanol


An Associated Press investigation is raising new questions about the environmental and economic impacts of ethanol… and spurring calls for the federal government to abandon mandates related to production of the corn-based fuel.

 

The AP says that while ethanol production has boosted the price of corn, it has also prompted many farmers to convert wetlands and other conservation areas into cornfields…and led to increased levels of fertilizers and other chemicals into drinking water.

 

Ethanol mandates and subsidies are a significant part of the agriculture economy of Illinois… the third-largest ethanol-producing state.

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