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Government’s biofuel mandate causing destruction of nation’s prairies

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America’s prairies are disappearing at the fastest rate since the 1930s’ “Dust Bowl.”

Given the pace at which U.S. farmers are converting grasslands into cornfields for ethanol production, this should hardly be surprising.

Driven in large part by government biofuel mandates on oil refineries, U.S. farmers converted more than 1.3 million acres of grassland into corn and soybean fields between 2006 and 2011, according to a newly published study by scientists at South Dakota ...

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