I love sweetcorn. My son loves sweetcorn. At the age of two, proud new owner of just enough teeth to be dangerous, he could demolish one like a manic typewriter and ask for more. Now at six, its two or three in a sitting, no sweat.
In England, corn doesnt grow very well and the supermarket offerings are tough and tasteless. But here in Minnesota it is sublime. Hardly needs cooking, sweet and utterly delicious with a little butter and salt. Currently its on sale in Cub Foods at 10/$2. And thats the second-grade California stuff, we cant wait til September!
Theres an ad on TV right now, dont know if youve seen it but basically theres a regular guy who pulls up in his V8 crewcab next to a cornfield. He grabs a corncob and pulls. The corncob, trailed by its long stalk, gets shoved in the trucks gas tank and he fills up.
Wait just a goshdarn tooting minute, American people. This is corn. It is food.
Let me quote a few statistics to you.
More than one-third (38%) of families leaving welfare reported that they ran out of food and did not have money for more. (Urban Institute - 2001)
96,000,000,000 pounds of food is thrown away each year by the Food Service Industry. (Source: FoodChain )
22.2% of shelter clients indicated that their child/children was/were hungry at least once during the previous 12 months but couldn't afford more food. (America's Second Harvest - 2001)
Every day, more than 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes--one child every five seconds. (State of Food Insecurity in the World 2005. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.)
In the developing world, more than 1.2 billion people currently live below the international poverty line, earning less than $1 per day. (World Development Indicators 2005. The World Bank.)
Thats five corncobs a day at current Cub price folks. Maybe 20 at wholesale.
Heres how ethanol is made. Note the last sentence. Corn is processed until it is unfit for human . consumption. http://www.tallcornethanol.com/ethanolmade.asp
Before I go on, I want to make a small point. Has there been any research on how to turn fossil fuels into food? (McDonalds comes close but they dont count).