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Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Maize is not to blame!

Maize has been wrongly blamed for soil erosion. My article in Bioenergy insight has just been published and you can see a brief summary here:

In February 2014, just after the serious winter floods that hit the UK in that year and in 2013, Guardian columnist George Monbiot went on the war path against maize, claiming that the crop is a major cause of soil erosion and run off. 

But it's not quite as simple as that, and blaming maize in isolation, rather than inappropriate farming practices generally is a major error. It's just not true that maize is the culprit, yet maize farmers have still got the blame. It's time to set the record straight.

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