Monday, February 07, 2005


corn upon corn upon corn

Brilliant interview with Michael Pollan on Alternet--he goes from explaining how journalists are handcuffed when Democrats and Republicans agree on an issue to how corn is the key to the American food chain:

"If you look at a fast-food meal, a McDonald's meal, virtually all the carbon in it – and what we eat is mostly carbon – comes from corn. A Chicken McNugget is corn upon corn upon corn, beginning with corn-fed chicken all the way through the obscure food additives and the corn starch that holds it together. All the meat at McDonald's is really corn. Chickens have become machines for converting two pounds of corn into one pound of chicken. The beef, too, is from cattle fed corn on feedlots. The main ingredient in the soda is corn – high-fructose corn syrup. Go down the list. Even the dressing on the new salads at McDonald's is full of corn."

ALSO: Zach, perhaps it will sooth your frazzled United-States-Murder-Capital-located mind to know that someone was shot outside the Paradise last Friday (he died, I learned today). Or maybe you'll just be terrified everywhere you go. Have fun!
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