The largest crop in the United States is corn and over 30% of grown corn in the United States is used for ethanol. What risks are there for the American farmer and rural America resulting from the EV and energy transitions and what opportunities are there for American agriculture and regenerative/precision practices in supporting sustainable vehicle and aviation fuels, biobased consumer products, green chemistry and low carbon energy?

Sustainable Fuels & the Aviation Sector
Dr. Jay Golden

The global commercial airline industry in 2021 made bold commitments to achieve net-zero carbon emissions. Sustainable aviation fuels will play a critical role in this transition.  

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Child Labor in the World's Largest Palm Exporting Countries
Shannon Erikson, Elena Taylor, Whitney Woerner, & Dr. Jay Golden

A team of graduate student researchers have undertaken a deep dive into the child labor practices within the global palm industry and present a compelling and balanced analysis of collective actions that need to be taken to reverse these trends. While some organizations and activists call for a ban on the use of palm, our team discussed how this can potentially have even greater impacts to the people and communities we should be supporting through more effective policies and investments.

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