An article published today in Science magazine, authored by persistent ethanol critic Tim Searchinger and others, is yet another example of exaggerating the impacts of ethanol production in an effort to bolster our nation’s reliance on fossil fuels, especially imported oil, the National Corn Growers Association said.

“This short article claims that biofuels should be accountable for tailpipe emissions that have already been offset by the growing of the corn itself,” said NCGA President Darrin Ihnen. “Unfortunately, their assumptions are based on non-credible evidence. Their argument for indirect land use change, for example, inappropriately assigns all of the impact to growth in renewable fuels, ignoring the effects of a growing world economy, increased demand for food, and urban and suburban sprawl.”

Ihnen added that the paper also ignores the value of the ethanol coproducts that are produced at today’s biorefineries and fails to account for advances in seed and processing technology that are providing greater yields for each acre of feedstock.

“Today’s farmers are sustainably growing more with less by drastically decreasing the amounts of energy, fertilizer, pesticides and land needed to produce a bushel of corn,” ihnen said. “The American family farmer will continue to produce a corn crop that meets all needs for food, feed and fuel.”