More Maize Madness: Far from being a climate change panacea, producing Biogas helps intensify its consequences

An excellent post on the scourge of growing maize.

In Lancashire you can see the damage after harvest when the soil is bare.

Not that it is soil but rather some kind of infertile dust which is then washed into streams and nearby roads

His best comment is seeing Climate Change as trumping every other consideration. Once we see everything though a myopic and distoring lens of Climate Change we , in fact, do far more damage to the environment than Exxon or Shell could ever do

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Tackling climate change is one of the most pressing and urgent things facing humanity, alongside (and related to) the 6th Global Extinction crisis. Some suggest that tackling Climate Change trumps all other considerations.

One of the biggest consequences of climate change facing the UK is severe flooding due to increasingly intense rainfall.

But flooding is exacerbated by unsustainable types of land-use. Maize is one of the most unsustainable and environmentally damaging crops it is possible to grow in the UK.

maize field flooded Somerset Levels Maize field, flooded.

One of the reasons for this is that Maize is harvested so late in the season that the ground is too wet to do anything with, after the harvest. So fields are left either with stubble over winter, or rough-ploughed. This field is in the Somerset Levels, the scene of intense flooding two years ago.

Maize harvesting involves a forage harvester driving up and down…

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6 thoughts on “More Maize Madness: Far from being a climate change panacea, producing Biogas helps intensify its consequences

  1. Paul Braterman

    I commented on original blog: We need (perhaps you can supply) a full analysis of the environmental impact of maize (in the US, of course, “corn”) biofuels. I read somewhere that if you take into account the carbon dioxide produced by the land being tilled, the carbon footprint of this so-called renewable is greater than that of fossil fuels.

    BTW, no reblog button here. Is that deliberate since the posting is itself a reblog?

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      1. Paul Braterman

        I eventually decided not to re-blog without first getting a full analysis of impacts, because I don’t know anything about anaerobic digestion, or why it is maize that is being cultivated. More work for my “to-do” list


      2. michaelroberts4004 Post author

        To grow enough maize for biofuels would need an immense acreage. However my concern is the disastrous effect of maize on soils which I see whenever I go out on the roads in our area, whether by bike or car. Maize is destroying the soil regardless of climate impact and helps cause flooding. In fact a maize field caused flooding in the cellar of one of my churches every year resulting in having to move the boiler to ground level


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