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Iowa, Corn, and the 2012 Election

Thursday, October 11, 2012

For almost two decades, Iowa has produced more corn than any other state in the country. But this year a severe drought has hit the state hard, and that’s having an impact on everything from animal feed to ethanol production. Radio Iowa’s O. Kay Henderson talks about how the corn crop could affect how the swing state votes next month. We’ll also look at the candidates’ recent trips to the state, where early voting is already under way.

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O. Kay Henderson
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Comments [2]

g from staten island

People eating a plant based (rather than meat based) diet is much more efficient than growing corn to feed animals. So if you are producing less corn, feed it to people!! Also consider the incredible volume of water that a cow/pig needs to "make" a pound of meat. We need that fresh water for the people of the earth. Also consider the "pollution" that exits the back end of these animals concentrated in agribusiness farms. It pollutes the land and the water sources.

Oct. 11 2012 01:27 PM
Ed from Larchmont

As far as I've read, and as much as we need energy sources, it sounds like corn ethanol is a bad idea all around.

Oct. 11 2012 05:50 AM

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