Air Pollution From Corn Causing Thousands of Deaths

Greetings All,

I came across some news and had to it share with you all. The following information comes out of The Weather Channel.

Studies have shown that air pollution from corn contributes to 4,300 deaths per year; much of the pollution comes from ammonia fertilizer. The United States is the largest exporter of corn, with cornfields carpeting 92 million acres of farmland throughout the Midwest and Great Plains. Jason Hill, an engineering professor at the University of Minnesota, and his team compared assessment models and noted that “the geographic distribution of corn production lined up with the geographic distribution of ammonia-related fine particular matter and air pollution-related deaths.” Hill’s team reported another study stating that agriculture is responsible for around 16,000 air pollution-related deaths a year in the U.S.

You can check out the full article, written by Jan Wesner Childs, by clicking here. If you have any additional information, feel free to comment below.

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