posted on Apr, 26 2004 @ 04:56 PM
Sort-of interested in the following, and wasn't much sure where to post it. It seems that the advent of corn in the American's diet seems to be
contributing to, among other things, diabetes and obesity. As if that's not enough, it's also draining some money out of the economy, too.
Federal subsidies provide almost twenty billion dollars per year to farmers in the mid-West (that is, Iowa, Nebraska, et al). In order to keep the
corn prices from bottoming out, the government purchases farmer's crops, and then lets these crops rot - they are not used, at all. Farmers make
their living off of growing crops which are not used, and the government doles out money.
Not too shabby.
Now, corn alone isn't such a bad thing, of course. But it's the syrup that's found in everything. When the crops of corn are grown, they're
sprayed with pesticide. This, in turn, winds up in virtually ever single processed (or even unprocessed, hah!) food that we consume.
It seems as if the switch over to a grain based diet perhaps wasn't such a slick move. If I recall, the FDA established it's rather (in)famous food
pyramid some forty years ago. Since then, there has been a spike in diabetes and obesity. You can blame larger sizes all you want, but the
demonziation of red meat (Granted, it's no penicillan,...) as well as the re-calibration of american eating techniques (particularly with the advent
of a primarily corn-base diet) just seems to spell bad news.