RFA's Cooper questions study linking ethanol with grassland loss

02/20/2013 | EthanolRFA.org/The E-Xchange blog

A new study suggesting that ethanol production is threatening native grasslands and wetlands in the western Corn Belt should be viewed with "great caution and skepticism," writes Geoff Cooper, vice president of research and analysis for the Renewable Fuels Association. Data from the Department of Agriculture indicate that increased corn and soybean plantings in the area are due to crop switching, not cropland expansion as suggested by the study, Cooper states. Moreover, the "extremely high rate of error associated with the satellite imagery used by the authors" puts a question mark on their findings, Cooper writes.

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