The rise of corn has brought great benefits, but its large and growing costs have also become increasingly clear. In this Article, we explore the unprecedented roles of corn in our economy, explain how law and policy have shaped these roles, uncover the environmental and social impacts of corn, and consider how to think of consumption in this context. If voting-by-buying is an increasingly relevant model of consumer engagement, can we envision consumers being presented with choices that address the social and environmental harms from our dependence on corn? More generally, how should we think about consumer engagement, both its limits and its potential, in the context of corn’s remarkable impact on our world today? It is no exaggeration to say that our future is inextricably linked with our future consumption choices of corn.
Environmental Law | Law
Jedediah S. Purdy & James Salzman,
Corn Futures: Consumer Politics, Health, and Climate Change,
Envtl. L. Rep.
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