A North Dakota City Attracted a Corn Mill. Then Came Questions About Its Chinese Owners.

Officials in Grand Forks are enthusiastic about the potential benefit to the economy, but the connection to China stoked a backlash.

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Biden to Allow Higher-Ethanol E15 Gas to Be Sold All Summer

The White House estimated that the move would shave 10 cents off every gallon of gasoline purchased at the approximately 2,300 stations in the country that offer the blend known as E15.

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War’s Disruption to Ukraine’s Farms Seeds Global Food Crisis

The Russian invasion is pummeling Ukraine’s agriculture, threatening harvests in Europe’s breadbasket and contributing to a global food crisis.

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War in Ukraine Threatens World Food Supplies

Nations are not secure unless their food supplies are.

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Corn ethanol no better—and probably worse—than burning gasoline, study says

Corn ethanol no better—and probably worse—than burning gasoline, study says

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For over a decade, the US has blended ethanol with gasoline in an attempt to reduce the overall carbon pollution produced by fossil fuel-powered cars and trucks. But a new study says that the practice may not be achieving its goals. In fact, burning ethanol made from corn—the major source in the US—may be worse for the climate than just burning gasoline alone.

Corn drove demand for land and fertilizer far higher than previous assessments had estimated. Together, the additional land and fertilizer drove up ethanol’s carbon footprint to the point where the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions—from seed to tank—were higher than that of gasoline. Some researchers predicted this might happen, but the new paper provides a comprehensive and retrospective look at the real-world results of the policy.

Proponents have long argued that corn-based ethanol bolsters farm incomes while providing a domestic source of renewable liquid fuel, while critics have said that its status as a carbon-reducing gasoline additive relies on questionable accounting. Based on the new study, both sides may be right.

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#agriculture, #bioethanol, #biofuels, #climate-change, #corn, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #land-use, #policy, #renewable-fuel-standard

A Thanksgiving History Lesson, in a Handful of Corn

The cornmeal that has become a staple of the holiday table reflects millenniums of work by Native Americans — a legacy that Indigenous people are trying to keep alive.

#agriculture-and-farming, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #corn, #indigenous-people, #native-americans, #pilgrims-plymouth-mass, #thanksgiving-day, #united-states

Summer Menu: Corn Soup, Chicken and Peach Melba

A creamy corn soup, chicken with a peppery stew and a fresh take on peach Melba round out David Tanis’s late-season menu.

#cooking-and-cookbooks, #corn, #peaches, #poultry, #summer-season

‘The Worst Thing I Can Ever Remember’: How Drought Is Crushing Ranchers

North Dakotans can’t grow enough feed for their cattle, so they’re selling off the animals before they starve.

#agriculture-and-farming, #auctions, #cattle, #corn, #drought, #global-warming, #livestock, #north-dakota, #ranches

This Fast Dinner Celebrates Peak Summer Flavors

A quick weeknight sauté of ripe corn, tomatoes and seared halloumi is exactly what we love about summer.

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In the Virgin Islands, Fungi Tells a Story

Once a staple on dinner tables, the cornmeal-based dish is becoming harder to find on restaurant menus. These chefs are working to preserve it.

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In Favor of a More Casual, More Forgiving Polenta

Well into the pandemic, Yotam Ottolenghi has allowed himself to relax in the kitchen. This comforting dish shows how good a thing that can be.

#cooking-and-cookbooks, #corn, #quarantine-life-and-culture

A Bitter Wind at a Shaky Time, and Iowa Is Left Reeling

Devastating windstorms just before harvest were the last thing that Iowa farmers needed.

#agriculture-and-farming, #corn, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #iowa, #midwestern-states-us, #soybeans

Chewy Meets Crispy in This Summery Salad

This satisfying bowl gets its bite from farro, its crunch from spiced chickpeas, and its sweetness from roasted corn and slivered fennel.

#chickpeas, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #corn, #salads

Gardening Made Me Happier. It Will Work for You Too.

Samin Nosrat turns to her vegetable plot for solace — and flavor. Her favorite is something many farmers throw away: fresh coriander seeds.

#cooking-and-cookbooks, #corn, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #seeds

This Cajun Corn Dish Screams ‘Summer’

Maque choux is sweet, hot, juicy, milky, buttery perfection.

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Creamy, Eggy Polenta, Dotted With Corn

You can use whatever vegetable you want in this easily baked dish.

#cooking-and-cookbooks, #corn, #quarantine-life-and-culture

I Tried to Grow a Pandemic Garden. My Strawberry Seedling Got a Virus.

Plants can get sick, too.

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Even My Strawberry Seedling Has a Virus

Plants can get sick, too.

#agriculture-and-farming, #corn, #flowers-and-plants, #genetic-engineering, #strawberries

What Can You Do About a Hammertoe?

Once you have a hammertoe, the bad news is it doesn’t just go away.

#corn, #feet, #medicine-and-health, #shoes-and-boots, #surgery-and-surgeons