If the demand for corn increases due to its use as an alternative energy source, what will happen to the suppl?
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
When something is in high demand it becomes scarce and when things are scarce, the price usually rises.
The amount of employment will go down, as with less diversity of crop growth, there will be less need of specialized skills and machinery will be used more often as it will be more economical to the individual growers to use it.
Pests (such as insects) which feed on these crops will increase in number, resulting in less of other types of insect species, and so reduce biodiversity all the way through the food chain.
Crop diseases will become more common, as they will have more freedom of movement.
Soil quality will become poorer as there will be less crop rotation, so certain minerals will be striped from it.
Chemical fertilizer usage will increase to replace certain soil nutrients.
It will become harder to purchase locally grown foods as the land will be used for one crop, so will increase road transportation and pollution.
More genetically modified crop growth will be undertaken in an attempt to control some of the other problems.
Soil erosion will increase due to intensive farming...
- hinchLv 43 years ago
no rely if it is unregulated via governments, the corn might submit to a classic furnish and demand curve shift. the cost of corn relies upon on the supply and demand no rely if it is unregulated. If the call for will strengthen, it is going to take it sluggish for the supply to strengthen. If the supply exceeds the call for, the cost will drop, if the supply is decrease than the call for, the cost might strengthen. desire this facilitates.
- Nata TLv 61 decade ago
the price of corn will go up at first, then as the supply goes up, the price will stabilize.. BUT because the farmers plant more corn, other food prices will go up because the demand exceeds supply. Then farmers will switch back to those foods and all our food prices will escalate out of control.
- sirima bLv 51 decade ago
They will produce more corn, and maybe the price will go up a bit, corn is very easy to grow so not much of the problem to increase supply.
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- RuthAnnLv 71 decade ago
The supply will simply be determined the way it always has --- weather and how much acreage is devoted to it. There may have to be a little more storage facilities built, but that is all.