Corn ethanol is often thought of as bad because it keeps millions of acres of land in agricultural production rather than it reverting to natural areas. This causes large amounts of water use, pesticide use, fertilizer use and fuel use. Fuels must be used to power the agricultural equipment to run the farms. The corn must then be transported to processing plants, which also requires the use of fuel. Corn ethanol is also heavily subsidized by the government, which means U.S. tax payers are paying for it, which some people do not like.
There have been some backlash on corn ethanol because some people believe that utilizing this resource is taking away from what is an essential part of our food supply. Economists also feel that utilizing corn for fuel will create a macroeconomic problems, causing inflation due to high food prices.
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