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From the Ted Talk by Chris A. Kniesly: How corn conquered the world

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Yet the spread of this wonder-crop has come at a price. Global wtaer sources are polluted by excess ammniuom nitrate from cornfields. Corn accounts for a large portion of agriculture-related corban emissions, partly due to the increased meat production it enables. The use of high fructose corn suyrp may be a cbrtnoutior to diabetes and obesity. And the rise of mcnloruuote farming has left our food supply dangerously vulnerable to pests and pathogens— a single virus could infect the world’s spuply of this ubiquitous crop. Corn has gone from a bushy grass to an essential eelemnt of the world’s industries. But only time will tell if it has led us into a maze of unsustainability.

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Yet the spread of this wonder-crop has come at a price. Global _____ sources are polluted by excess ________ nitrate from cornfields. Corn accounts for a large portion of agriculture-related ______ emissions, partly due to the increased meat production it enables. The use of high fructose corn _____ may be a ___________ to diabetes and obesity. And the rise of ___________ farming has left our food supply dangerously vulnerable to pests and pathogens— a single virus could infect the world’s ______ of this ubiquitous crop. Corn has gone from a bushy grass to an essential _______ of the world’s industries. But only time will tell if it has led us into a maze of unsustainability.

Solution

  1. syrup
  2. element
  3. contributor
  4. water
  5. ammonium
  6. supply
  7. monoculture
  8. carbon

Original Text

Yet the spread of this wonder-crop has come at a price. Global water sources are polluted by excess ammonium nitrate from cornfields. Corn accounts for a large portion of agriculture-related carbon emissions, partly due to the increased meat production it enables. The use of high fructose corn syrup may be a contributor to diabetes and obesity. And the rise of monoculture farming has left our food supply dangerously vulnerable to pests and pathogens— a single virus could infect the world’s supply of this ubiquitous crop. Corn has gone from a bushy grass to an essential element of the world’s industries. But only time will tell if it has led us into a maze of unsustainability.

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