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In my September exploration column, I summarized a synopsis of an article by David Pimentel about ethanol that was to be published the following month. I titled it, "Corny fuel." Although I began with, "The last thing this editor would want to do is aggravate farmers," I really put my foot in it this time. I was mildly surprised at the number of letters I received. The comments ranged from "attaboy" to "you should check your facts," the latter referring to a mistake most farmers caught. Pimentel said there was a typo, namely, the energy equivalent of 1,000 gals of fuel to produce one acre of corn. The correct number should be 140 gal/acre of gasoline to produce one acre of corn. I suppose it would have helped if I were a farmer.

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