TAG: Corn

Corn: A Kernel Of Destruction

Corn Kernels

Corn has become an inescapable additive to both edible and non-edible products.¬†Every day, we are bombarded with corn derived products. Sodas laden with corn-syrup, ketchup, tortillas, ice cream, candy – foods far from resembling the light golden kernels of freshly husked corn – are a constant source of corn and its most prevalent by-product, corn-syrup.¬†The use of which has increased diabetes and obesity rates. In addition, the majority of corn grown in the U.S. goes to feed livestock. But it doesn’t end with our diets. The excess of corn brought on by overproduction leaves the USDA scrambling for other avenues… read more

Biodegradable Plastics

Biodegradable plastics

Biodegradable plastics have been promoted as revolutionary environmental products, but some have questioned whether the hype is nothing more than greenwashing. Biodegradable plastics, made primarily of pesticide-laden corn, are used in a variety of products ranging from bags to bottles to gift cards to cell phone casings. Biodegradable does not necessarily mean compostable, though many people assume that they are the same, and a number of biodegradable plastics claim to be compostable as well. The trouble with claims of compostability is that they may refer only to large-scale industrial composting whereby materials are shredded and composted at 140 degrees Fahrenheit,… read more

Questioning Biofuels

Biofuels not the answer

Despite President Obama failing to adequately discuss climate change during this campaign, he has discussed renewable energy programs to combat climate change. He has maintained energy policy which uses an array of renewable energy sources and fossil fuels, taking a multi-faceted approach to the policy. However, within the array of renewable energy sources lies biofuels, which may cause more problem than good. Biofuels are typically from agricultural sources, and thus are difficult to sustain for years on end. Additionally, the environmental sustainability of the lands they are grown on comes into question, and it is unknown if the energy benefits… read more