Critics overstate ethanol's impact on food production, environment

Allegations that ethanol production has come at the cost of food production and land conservation are unfounded, according to the editorial board of the Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star. A study by the Department of Agriculture showed that a typical ethanol plant converts one bushel of corn into 2.8 gallons of ethanol and 17.5 pounds of nutrient-rich animal feed, the editorial notes. As for the issue of land conversion, Congress should strengthen the country's land-conservation program instead of blaming the ethanol industry for its shortcomings, the editorial states.

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