Corn Futures: Consumer Politics, Health, and Climate Change

14 Pages Posted: 27 Aug 2008

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Jedediah S. Britton-Purdy

Columbia University - Law School

James E. Salzman

University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) - Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management; University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law

Date Written: August 27, 2008

Abstract

The Mexicans have long been known as the Corn People, but that label perhaps provides a better fit for modern day Americans. The simple seeds of corn play a fundamental role unprecedented in the history of human agriculture. Corn now underpins two major sectors, arguably the two most important sectors, of our modern economy - food supply and energy supply. How we choose to consume this seed has far-ranging consequences for pressing issues as far apart as climate change and diabetes, energy policy and immigration, tropical deforestation and food riots.

Suggested Citation

Britton-Purdy, Jedediah S. and Salzman, James E., Corn Futures: Consumer Politics, Health, and Climate Change (August 27, 2008). Duke Law School Public Law & Legal Theory Paper No. 216, Duke Science, Technology & Innovation Paper No. 27, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1259784 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1259784

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