Feeding the Corn Belt: Intensification of Corn Cultivation in the U.S. Corn Belt, Resource Inputs, Impacts, and Implications

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dc.contributor.advisor Peavey, Dwight
dc.contributor.author Moshay, Hannah
dc.date.accessioned 2019-02-20T15:44:01Z
dc.date.available 2019-02-20T15:44:01Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10192/36552
dc.description.abstract The United States is currently the world’s largest producer, consumer, and exporter of corn. The concentrated cultivation of corn within the U.S. Corn Belt produces a third of the world’s corn. This intensive cultivation, has resulted from a number of resource inputs, namely land conversion, irrigation, and agrochemicals. The current corn management practices have been detrimental to the air, land, and water, and in turn resulted in increased nitrous oxide emissions, soil acidification, loss of carbon sequestration, and eutrophication. This thesis has two principle aims. Firstly, to compile and asses the historic and current practices of land use, water use, fertilizer use, and pesticide use within the U.S. Corn Belt. Secondly, to project global corn production to the year 2050 based on growing demand for livestock and ethanol, as well as the land, water, fertilizer, and pesticide input this will require. The following two facets of this thesis will be used to frame the argument that our current corn-dependent food systems and energy systems are fundamentally unsustainable, and have resulted in a “hungry-production system”.
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dc.language English
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Brandeis University
dc.relation.ispartofseries Brandeis University Theses and Dissertations
dc.rights Copyright by Hannah Moshay 2018
dc.title Feeding the Corn Belt: Intensification of Corn Cultivation in the U.S. Corn Belt, Resource Inputs, Impacts, and Implications
dc.type Thesis
dc.contributor.department Undergraduate Program in Environmental Studies
dc.contributor.department Undergraduate Program in Environmental Studies
dc.degree.name BA
dc.degree.level Bachelors
dc.degree.discipline Environmental Studies
dc.degree.discipline Environmental Studies
dc.degree.grantor Brandeis University, School of Arts and Sciences


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