Somewhat, yes. Corn, as compared to all other ethanol-producing crops, has the greatest application rate of both fertilizers and pesticides per hectare. Corn production consumes 40% of all commercial fertilizers used on crops in the United States; commercial nitrogen is applied to 98% of corn fields and commercial phosphate to 87%. Then there are safety concerns over genetically modified corn. Many academic researchers, environmentalists, and GM critics have raised concerns about the impact of genetically modified corn on other species, on biodiversity in general and, on human and animal health.
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