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Bunter
124608.  Thu Dec 07, 2006 6:35 am Reply with quote

Of the 45,000 items in an supermarket, more than a quarter contain corn.

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Oil underlines Pollan's story about agribusiness, but corn is its focus. American cattle fatten on corn. Corn also feeds poultry, pigs and sheep, even farmed fish. But that's just the beginning. In addition to dairy products from corn-fed cows and eggs from corn-fed chickens, corn starch, corn oil and corn syrup make up key ingredients in prepared foods. High-fructose corn syrup sweetens everything from juice to toothpaste. Even the alcohol in beer is corn-based. Corn is in everything from frozen yogurt to ketchup, from mayonnaise and mustard to hot dogs and bologna, from salad dressings to vitamin pills. "Tell me what you eat," said the French gastronomist Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, "and I will tell you what you are." We're corn.


From a Washington Post review of The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (Hardcover) by Michael Pollan

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http://www.amazon.com/Omnivores-Dilemma-Natural-History-Meals/dp/1594200823/ref=pd_ts_b_23/002-8516750-3448850?ie=UTF8&s=books

 

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