Both President Obama and former president George Bush have put growing corn on the agenda to help bring down global warming and create a 'greener' fuel. Because of this, however, some states have seen many damages to their land; some more than others. With the ethanol era, farmers have sought out new and larger areas to plant corn, wiping out millions of acres of conservation land, polluting water supplies and destroying habitats, according to an Associated Press investigation. Since Obama's first term in office, five million acres of conservation land have disappeared. In the meantime, sprayers were used to apply fertilizer which ended up contaminating rivers, thereby worsening the already huge dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico. In all these efforts to reduce greenhouse gases, there's a lot of damage being done and nothing is changing to fix all these ecological issues. A recent article I read stated, "The government's predictions of the benefits (of the ethanol mandate) have proved so inaccurate that independent scientists question whether it will ever achieve its central environmental goal: reducing greenhouse gases." This doesn't even address the fact that since corn requires much more water than most other crops, the push for ethanol has also accelerated the depletion of the aquifer that provides the midwest with water. Well, my friends, EcoChar is a solution to this "ecological disaster". Biochar is a greener, cleaner and more effective way of reducing greenhouse gases, while simultaneously offering soil and water remediation, which aid in the growth and fertility of crops! Because of all its porosity, EcoChar also helps with run off, which can remedy dead zones on bodies of water, i.e., the Gulf of Mexico, and reduce contamination in the water table, in addition to reducing the volume of water required for irrigation. As a result, the top soil remains healthy with a concentration of microorganisms. It's looking pretty clear that officials have no plan of dropping their enthusiastic stance on corn ethanol. In the words of EPA administrator, Gina McCarthy in a recent interview, "All renewable fuels are not corn ethanol". So why not turn to another kind of biofuel (biochar) to help all the damage that has been done? And when you compound the benefits by using manure as the fuel, you are also reducing the volume of land application of raw manure - a huge contributor to the nutrient discharge problem that is damaging our waterways. Environmental consequences need to be addressed and biochar is a great solution.