The Food and Drug Administration recently found that samples of a feed byproduct from dozens of corn-ethanol plants were contaminated with antibiotics. With that news, producing vehicle fuel from grain is looking not only like a wasteful and inefficient process but also like a danger to human health.
Two weeks ago, the North Dakota Public Service Commission came out against the federal energy and climate legislation making its way through Congress (“N.D. regulators oppose ‘cap and trade’ carbon rules,” Page 1B, May 19).
Ethanol already has proven itself as a major player in our country’s effort to become energy independent and as an engine for economic development, especially in rural America. Much more, however, can be expected if action is taken to offer a wider variety of ethanol-blended fuels.
When the Agriculture Department released its 2007 census recently, the news appeared surprisingly good: For the first time since World War II, the U.S. did not lose farms, it gained them — 75,810, to be exact, for a total of 2.2 million.
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