Corn

Corn. When we think of corn, we usually think of corn on the Cobb or kernels. It’s usually white or yellow, sweet and delicious. That’s what I think of when I think about corn, but the reality is that vision is long gone and is a very old-fashioned way of thinking of corn.

Believe it or not, corn is in virtually everything. It makes up about 90 percent of our diets.

High fructose corn syrup? Made from corn.

Beef, chicken, pig, every meat you can imagine? Fed with corn. (Unless you get grass-fed. )

Sweetener in soda? Made from corn.

Corn starch? Made from corn.

Favorite French fries from McDonalds? Fried in corn oil.

Sauces? The thickening agents found in sauces are Dextrin and Maltodextrin. They  are also found in dressing, frozen veggies and ice cream. Made from corn.

Decyl Glucoside – used in personal care products such as shampoo.

Gas used to ship all this stuff all over the country? Comprised with ethanol, which is made from corn.

This isn’t even half of it. The list goes on and on and on and on.

Why is it in everything? Because it’s cheap. Because there is an over-production of it. Why? Because the government subsidizes it. The government has given over $77 billion in corn subsidies from 1995 to 2010. It’s why junk food is so much cheaper than real food.

Why are they doing this? Federal support for agriculture, begun in earnest during the Great Depression, was originally intended as a temporary lifeline to farmers, paying them extra when crop prices were low.

What has kept the cash flow coming? “Big Ag”. Industrial farmers, which are not to be confused with small farmers, have been lobbying congress ever since. Industrial farms grow huge amounts of corn. This not only contributes to the problem of corn overproduction, but it also is bad for the land because crop rotations helps keep nutrients in the soil. Growing huge amounts of corn over and over will cause the nutrients to dry up and then what? Small farms are now switching to this corn business because they aren’t making enough money growing other fruits and vegetables.

What people don’t realize is that food is supposed to cost something. It costs something to produce it. The government pays to make corn cheaper, but the cost comes from somewhere else. And the low prices doesn’t help pay for labor, so the people growing the food get paid and treated like crap. Not only that, but when America produces a certain kind of food like rice or corn and ships it to a poorer country that mainly grows that crop as an income for their own farmers and we sell it to them for cheaper than they can grow it themselves then that puts their own farmers out of business and ruins their economy.

I’m sure you’ve heard about the drought and food prices will soar. I don’t know about you, but anytime I heard about the soaring food prices they show rows and rows of corn and then they talk about corn. Corn, COrn, CORN!!!! I’ve shifted through article after article and the most I’ve got is that it’s affecting subsidized crops like corn, soy, wheat, mostly what is grown in the mid –U.S., which will in turn affect the meat industry. What, are apples, peaches, oranges, strawberries, blueberries, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, not food? They never mention that the reason ‘food’ prices will raise is because corn is in EVERYTHING! It’s a bit interesting that they say ‘food’ and then they only mention those kinds of crops and fail to mention why that should affect processed foods. People still don’t see the correlation. I’m guessing that other fruits and vegetables prices will stay the same, unless there isn’t enough to feed everyone because farmers have grown less because not enough people wanted them. If those fruits and vegetable prices don’t soar, I’m wondering if people will even notice that they’re cheaper or will people die of starvation because ‘food’ is so expensive.

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2 responses to “Corn

  1. Drought… In Michigan this year the drought didn’t kill the small fruits, stone fruits, and some veggies. It was that insane heat spell in March followed by a 12 inch dump of snow that froze the buds right off trees and killed other plants. The reports on the drought affecting everything corn and soybean related was huge. There is NOT a world surplus of corn or soybeans. The price per bushel of each is very high. The last checked in Michigan.. $7.13 per bushel. In the Corn belt it’s higher. Ethanol is pushing the price up as well as droughts and crop failures in Russia’s bread basket and South America. Farmers aren’t dumb. If other commodities payed as well as corn and soybean, then they would switch.

    By the way, most of your other thoughts here are pretty well thought out and I’m in fair agreement with a lot of what you propose. Eating local, buying local.. know your farmer, know your food. Why keeping using bottled water and other sillyness.

    • I’m that you approve of some of my other thoughts. I never said farmers were dumb. I know that they’re doing the best they can. It’s the government and industrial farming companies that I disapprove of. I live in Oklahoma and for us gasoline is the cheapest it’s been in a long time. All the farmers are having to sell their cows because they don’t have enough hay and grass to feed them.

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