Maize is the most widely grown crop in the United States. The crop has a variety of applications being used for food, fuel, and in some industries. Maize is heavily integrated into the fabric of billions of lives across the world. The United States has encouraged the growth of a massive maize monoculture through the usage of government subsidies. However, this presents issues for the United States since it has created a large monoculture that is threatened by natural disasters, pest infestation, and bioterrorism attacks. Additionally, the cheap nature of the monoculture has additional externalities. Examples include decimated maize production in Mexico, Central America, and developing countries, which has led to dependence on the United States crop and decreasing international food security.
"The United States Love Affair with Maize: A National Security Issue?,"
Gettysburg Social Sciences Review: Vol. 3:
2, Article 5.
Available at: https://cupola.gettysburg.edu/gssr/vol3/iss2/5