Sunday, February 28, 2010
Corn is in your bones
And your hair and finger nails. Did you know that if you took a sample of your hair and looked at its carbon data it would most likely show you are made almost entirely of corn? Really, it would. Think about what you eat mostly. Chicken? They feed factory chickens corn. Beef, same thing. Even vegetables and fruits are sprayed with compound chemicals mostly made from corn. Also, anything with high fructose corn syrup, corn. Just look at the ingredients in regular old products in your fridge. lot's of corn syrup.
Most people are horrified by this discovery. They've even made movies about it: "Food, Inc." "King Corn", "Fast Food Nation". And written books "The Omnivore's Dilemma"
Most of the plastics and many household products also come from chemicals made from corn.
Everything that comes from fast food is entirely from corn. Take a chicken nugget. The chicken is fed corn, the chicken chunks are dipped in corn batter and fried in corn oil and packaged in a box made from corn. corn, corn, corn. French fries were once potatoes sprayed with chemical pesticides made from corn, fried in corn oil and also packaged in a paper wrapper that is made with some corn. the lettuce and tomatoes and onions in that hamburger, sprayed with fertilizers and chemicals from corn, the bread came from wheat sprayed with chemicals from corn, the hamburger is from a cow fed on corn. Even the cheese, if it is a cheeseburger, is from a cow fed corn. Corn, corn, corn.
Your hair is a record of what you are made of, or more specifically, what you eat that makes you. And you literally are what you eat, at least if you look at your carbon makeup.
Is this okay? I mean, we owe a lot to corn. We would not have the modern conveniences and as cheap of food as we have without corn. Yet, the idea that we are basically walking corn chips seems disturbing.
We wouldn't have the obesity problem we have today without government corn subsidies. I mean, we use all this corn because it is so cheap and it is so cheap because the government subsidizes it and the government subsidizes it because right after WWII we needed to use our excess explosion materials. Turns out it was good for fertilizer for corn. So the gov encouraged farmers to grow lots of corn. And even if they lost money on the corn crop (because there was a sudden overflow if you can imagine all those farmers suddenly growing a lot more corn) the government still gave farmers money to make up for it. The more corn they yeilded, the more they were rewarded. Oh, and to yield more they started to genetically modify it. And then they even made genetically modified corn that came with it's own pesticide so that bugs who ate it would die. And we eat that!
And it's given us many more health problems, including obesity problems and a lower life expectancy because we've gotten away from the land and working the land ourselves. We've lost touch with the earth. We've given it into the hands of larger and larger operations. Monsanto, Cargill, others. Larger chicken farms, cattle ranches, dairy farms, corn operations, larger stores buying from larger production companies, larger and larger and larger and more and more and more chemical fertilizers and pesticides and it gets cheaper and cheaper the larger we get. Our food is so pumped full of this corn and unnatural chemical fertilizers and pesticides and growth hormones and antibiotics. It's unhealthy and scary and we are slated to have a shorter life expectancy than our parents for the first time because of it. Because it's more about profit margins than about caring about what goes into our bodies and thinking about the land.
People think I'm in over my head when I tell them I have a 480 sq ft garden and soon to raise free-range chickens. But I want to feed them from the land, free of pestisides and residues. In turn they are my own natural weeders, bug eaters and the best fertilizers. They do it naturally. They feed my land and my land feeds them. It's healthier for them and for me. I realize not everyone can do this. So if you don't have a spot of land to work yourself you can still prolong your life, preserve the land and get back to your ancestral roots by shopping organic and pesticide free, preparing meals at home, buying free range eggs and grass fed beef. You can educate yourself on what goes into your mouth (and out of it as you help others catch the same vision of redirecting us back to the land and caring about what we are doing to it and to ourselves). I hope in the near future you and I won't be at our core just a bunch of corn.