Additionally, the group said, biodiesel reduces greenhouse gases by up to 86% compared to petroleum diesel, while Yale University found that ethanol reduces GHG by up to 59% compared to gasoline.
NCGA Corn Board Member Jon Holzfaster added that through a partnership with ethanol, NASCAR has reduced emissions by 20% and become the largest recycler in professional sports.
"Every day, corn farmers rely on the land, air and water to grow a healthy, abundant crop which, through ethanol fuel blends, goes on to power our nation as it moves toward a greener tomorrow," Holzfaster said. "Earth Day is all about positive change, and so are America's farmers and NASCAR."
National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson echoed the comments of Holzfaster, noting that "every day is Earth Day for farmers."
Johnson said NFU is "pleased to see that Americans continue to grow more environmentally conscientious and are actively working to reduce their carbon footprint. In a nation that is often plagued by political gridlock, one issue we can all agree on is the importance of preserving our natural resources and being responsible stewards of our soil, water and air.
"We should also use this time to reflect on the contributions of America’s family farmers and ranchers to preserving our resources and our environment. They are the original environmentalists"