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Get the Facts on Ethanol, Corn Production and Hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico

July 8, 2010


In an attempt to divert attention away from the ongoing oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, opponents of biofuels and agriculture are again dredging up false allegations about the environmental impacts of increasing grain and ethanol production. Specifically, detractors are suggesting that expanded grain and ethanol production in the Midwest is leading to a larger hypoxic area (often erroneously referred to as the dead zone) in the Gulf of Mexico. However, data and information from government agencies, university researchers, and other sources reveals that there is no correlation whatsoever between recent trends in corn and ethanol production and the size of the Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone. Read the RFA Hypoxia Fact Sheet here.