The Omnivore's Dilemma, Corn Crazy!

The Omnivore's Dilemma, Corn Crazy!

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  • Corn has taken over!! Almost all the food we consume has corn in it in some form.  To support this growing industry of cheaply produced foods the US government only subsidizes farmers who grow corn and soy beans. 
  • To try to make a living the farmers produce more corn than we actually need.  By doing this they are producing hybrids that do not reseed the fields leaving them dependent on buying seed.  They also require a lot more toxic fertilizer that ends up in our water systems and oceans and produces "acid rain".
  • Corn moves from these farms to grain elevators.  These are giant storage containers for corn which is then shipped to either feed mils or wetmils.  The conditions are dirty and a lot of food is wasted.  This is not a concern to the industry because the corn will be heavily processed before entering the American consumer. 
  • The corn in feedmils is feed to meat producing animals in a very cruel way.  Cows for example, are not meant to eat corn but it is a cheap and fast way to make them larger.  All cows in fedmils are sick, they are pumped full of anti biotics and generally slaughtered at only a year and a half old, where as in the 1960's they would be slaughtered at 5-6 years old.
  • The industries goal is to make Americans consume even more than physically possible.  Thus creating a health crisis that poor communities are especially at risk for.  This is because cheaper food generally contains more processed high caloric ingredients. 
  • Wetmils take corn and process it to be made into various processed foods, oils and sweeteners.  Most processed foods contain corn, Americans consume almost a ton of corn per individual per year.   
  • We are now in a time of the omnivore's dilemma.  What do we choose to eat? A good way to practice safe and ethical eating is to know as best you can where your food comes from.  Buying local farmers market produce and ethically treated meats is a good place to start.
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