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Diverse Landscapes are Better: Policymakers Urged to Think Broadly About Biofuel Crops


December 15, 2008

a ladybird beetle Research by Michigan State University scientists has found that growing more corn to produce ethanol, creating less diverse landscapes, reduces the ability of beneficial insects to control pests, a loss valued at about $58 million per year in the four states studied. Full Story

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