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Corn subsidies leading to deforestation

Date : 8th January 2008, Source : ENN



Amazon deforestation and fires are being aggravated by US farm subsidies, claims STRIís staff scientist William Laurance. According to Laurance, whose findings are reported this week in Science (December 14) a recent spike in Amazonian fires is being promoted by massive US subsidies that promote American corn production for ethanol. The ethanol is being blended with gasoline as an automobile fuel.

http://www.enn.com/ecosystems/article/28859





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