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Just One Word: Corn -- What would Mrs. Robinson think?

April 18, 2005View for printing

If plastics was once the future, corn is now the future of plastics. NatureWorks, a subsidiary of agricultural giant Cargill, has pioneered a cheap way to turn the crop into a substance that's well suited to the demands of packaging. Called polylactic acid, or PLA, it's completely biodegradable, a huge selling point when compared with its virtually indestructible petrochemical-based cousin.

By Bridget Finn

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