When I think of corn - I think of a tasty cob - freshly picked at the height of summer.
If only it was really like that. Corn (Zea Mays) is actually a major ingredient in a phenomenal number of processed foods (corn syrup in particular).
A new feature-length documentary - King Corn - explores the whole corn industry and exposes some surprising and sobering issues.
Did you know?
* Many meat animals are fattened on corn (US livestock are the biggest consumers of corn in the world).
* Between 1995-2005 the US government paid farmers a total subsidy of $51,261,278,801 to grow corn.
* Between 1989 and 1999 consumption of High Fructose Corn Syrup increased from 47.2 pounds per person per year to 60.3 pounds (source).
The problem is not so much that "corn is evil" - it's the lack of diversity and moderation in our diets. Grab a Big Mac, Fries and a Coke. The following ingredients have some form of corn: the Bun (HFCS), the Coke (HFCS), the Fries (corn oil), the Ketchup (HFCS and corn syrup), the Big Mac Sauce (HFCS, Hydrolyzed corn), the cheese (corn starch). That leaves the beef patty - made from beef that was fattened with... corn.