Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2008

Keywords

consumption, corn, food supply, energy, climate change, social welfare, economy

Abstract

The Mexicans have long been known as the Corn People, but that label perhaps provides a better fit for modern day Americans. The simple seeds of corn play a fundamental role unprecedented in the history of human agriculture. Corn now underpins two major sectors, arguably the two most important sectors, of our modern economy - food supply and energy supply. How we choose to consume this seed has far-ranging consequences for pressing issues as far apart as climate change and diabetes, energy policy and immigration, tropical deforestation and food riots.

Comments

This is a pre-print version of the article that appears in Environmental Law Reporter.