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March 12th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Last year there were two trillion stalks of corn in Iowa, and a lot of it went to corn syrup Short article on King Corn, a movie about corn. There’s a dormant blog about the movie tour.

“If you were to pluck one of your hairs and analyze the origins of its carbon, most of it came from corn. That’s right — you’re mostly corn! That’s because all the chicken and beef you’ve ever eaten (or almost all of it) was corn-fed. And those snacks and sodas? All corn syrup. Even the fries we eat are up to 50% corn by caloric content if they are fried in corn oil.”

My Forbidden Fruits (and Vegetables)
An opinion article in the NYT by a farmer.

“…my efforts to expand production to meet regional demand have been severely hampered by the Agriculture Department’s commodity farm program. As I’ve looked into the politics behind those restrictions, I’ve come to understand that this is precisely the outcome that the program’s backers in California and Florida have in mind: they want to snuff out the local competition before it even gets started.”

Learn about sourdough from FoodWishes in the multi-day series that starts at Follow the Sourdough – Day 1: Can you say Lactobacillus Sanfranciscensis?

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Nick // Mar 14, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    That’s a pretty interesting fact. But in a way, it just boils down further to our hair and everything else being made of predominantly protons and neutrons.

    But, since corn is is now going up in price along with everything else, we’ll probably have to resort to eating grass and dirt eventually. We’ll turn into trees!

    - The Peanut Butter Boy

  • 2 Carrie // Mar 26, 2008 at 4:14 am

    That’s a little unnerving!