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Corn Pollution?

Michael Pollan wrote a fascinating article in this month's Smithsonian Magazine entitled "What's Eating America" that starts off with this catchy subtitle: "Corn is one of the plant kingdom's biggest successes. That's not necessarily good for the United States." How he traces the development of modern hybrid corn through a Nazi scientist and finds its agricultural success at the root of overpopulation and other global time bombs is nothing short of an environmental tour-de-force. It's a great article for putting our global problems in perspective. Besides, it's fun to read! Click here for an online version with links, or here for a printable PDF copy with illustrations.

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