I am a long time fan of the movie “Soylent Green”. I always thought that we could see hints of our future in that movie. If I remember correctly before soylent green was introduced there had already been soylent yellow that was supposed to be made from soy beans.
I still believe that we can, indeed, see hints of our future in that movie. There was an error, however. Currently modern day America has a soylent yellow but it is actually made from corn. We actually don’t eat much of the corn directly – maybe a little corn meal. Instead the corn is used as a raw material for our food factories. It is made into high fructose corn syrup, most fast food burgers contain corn, vegetable oil, Taco Bell’s taco meat, chicken nuggets filler, corn starch, maltodextrin, xanthan gum, and dozens more. If you look at the ingredients on almost any processed foods odds are you will find corn products.
Most farm animals are also fed corn. Cow did not evolve to eat corn. They evolved as grass eaters. Because they are fed corn they have to be given antibiotics just to keep them alive. Cattle is butchered shortly before they would die anyway from the corn they are fed.
It is not enough that the food that we get from from corn is highly processed artificial food (soylent yellow), but 70% of the corn grown in the United States is genetically modified thanks to our good friends at Monsanto.
It’s not enough of an insult that we are fed corn based frankenfood but farmers are given incentives to grow more and more corn through taxpayer funded subsidies.
Who among us really thinks that all of this artificial, factory made, genetically modified food is good for us. Perhaps this frankenfood is a factor in the high cost of medical care in the United States. The U.S. pays more for medical care than any other country and yet our longevity is 36th in the world. Why in the world don’t we start phasing out corn subsidies in favor of real food?