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An ethanol plant sits next to a cornfield near Coon Rapids, Iowa, on July 20. Government mandates to increase ethanol production have helped drive up corn prices leading to marginal land being farmed to produce the crop. In 2012, 44 percent of the nation's corn crop was used for fuel, about twice the rate seen in 2006, according to the Department of Agriculture. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Ethanol comes at cost to environment

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By Dina Cappiello

CORYDON, Iowa — The hills of southern Iowa bear the scars of America’s push for green energy: The brown gashes where rain has washed away the soil. The polluted streams that dump fertilizer into the water supply.

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Even the cemetery that disappeared like an apparition into a cornfield.

It wasn’t supposed to be this way.

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