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Obscure issue aims for traction in presidential contest

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If you thought estoppel was hard to get people interested in, try the Renewable Fuel Standard. Generally, it’s a 10-year-old mandate by Congress aimed at getting more ethanol, an alternative fuel made from corn, into gasoline to reduce emissions for cleaner air. Smarter Fuel Future, a group that opposes the standard, had a table at this weekend’s Sunshine Summit in Orlando, trying to gain attention to the issue. The group says it’s an “unfortunate case of good intentions gone bad”…

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Map of the Day: Amber Waves of Grain…and Soybeans, and Chicken

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Patrick Ottenhoff: Corn is still America’s number one crop and is still a powerful force in politics, as evidenced by pretty much every presidential candidate’s embrace of ethanol. Many a White House hopeful have sung its praises at Sen. Tom Harkin‘s annual steak fry. But as my post last week on regional food traditions proved, corn is by no means the only food that was on the grill yesterday. This great map from Radical Cartography shows the density of America’s top crops and favorite…

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