Sanyo releases new corn CD

October 2. 2003, Michael Fitzpatrick/, the ever versatile stalk, has a yet another use--CDs. At least according to a subsidiary of Japan-based electronics giant Sanyo, which has announced it will release a biodegradable DVD and CD made from corn.

Optical disc maker Sanyo Mavic Media Co, Ltd says its environment-friendly disc can be thrown away and, when buried, will decompose like any plant-based substance. If burnt, no dioxins are produced, the company claims.

One head of corn will yield about 10 discs that are just as hard and plastic as conventional disks, said the company.