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The ground is cracked at the edge of an irrigated corn field near England, Ark., Friday, July 6, 2012. Oppressive heat is slamming the middle of the country with record temperatures that aren’t going away after the sun goes down. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

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  • Kansan

    “Irrigated corn field?” What a waste of water!

    A substantial part of our corn crop is being used to produce ethanol, which has dubious benefit if you figure the amount of fertilizer used to grow it, the aquifer draw down, the reduction in average gas mileage and the amount of government subsidies given to billionaire corporations to grow and process it.

    • Landsende

      Well said!!!!!

  • Not to mention the lack of feed that drives the price of chicken and other meats up and lowers the quality of corn in the produce department of the grocery stores.

  • DurdyDawg

    If there’s one thing we should protect, it’s the legitimate small farmer.. Giving tax breaks and subsidies to giant growers is a waste of money since they operate on.. The lowest bid. Small farmers should be both helped and protected in order to continue producing and selling foods that we can actually consume without fear of being poisoned. I frequent rural road side fruit and veggie stands above any grocery store.. These people sell what they feed their family.. Soon we’ll be consuming soylent red, yellow and yes, even green if we continue to let big corp farmers feed us with their poisons and hidden by-products. These small farmers know how to grow, even under drought if the g’ment would stop requiring them to abide by Monsanto under penalty of fines. And Kansan.. Right on! If the big oil corp. ever runs out of fossil fuels, they’ll starve the nation in order to continue their outrageous profit god.