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Tuesday, January 23, 2007
The future of genetically altered agriculture may be more valuable to biofuels than human consumption? Here's a hint from this Southeast Farm Press story:
In the future, sweet potato and sweet corn varieties bred for ethanol production will likely take some of the pressure off corn for ethanol. Sweet corn, for example, can now be genetically altered to produce over 40 percent sugar, regular field corn, by comparison is about 2-3 percent. Sweet potato varieties with sugar content over 35 percent, is another option that is very obtainable through genetic selection.While genmod foodstuffs might be used to increase human consumption, which gets a lot of people concerned, ther might be larger marginal impacts in other areas, including bio-fuel.
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