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Biotech corn could impact ethanol industry

corn cob on wheelsMonsanto Co. is beginning large-scale field tests on farms from South Dakota to Texas this year, testing a new, engineered corn that can thrive even in drought conditions. Experts say this could have an impact on the ethanol industry, whose demand for corn has doubled in the past five years. The U.S. Department of Agriculture decided last year that it wouldn’t regulate the corn, deeming it safe. According to the Associated Press article in the Bismarck Tribune, this “marks the first time the USDA has approved a product that has been genetically engineered to resist drought, rather than a pest or herbicide.” Read the drought-tolerant corn story in the Bismarck Tribune.

 

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