There’s a bright golden haze on the meadow,
The corn is as high as an elephant’s eye,
An’ it looks like it’s climbin’ clear up to the sky.
Oh what a beautiful morning,
Oh what a beautiful day,
I’ve got a wonderful feeling,
Everything’s going my way.
Music by Richard Rodgers, lyric by Oscar Hammerstein II
One of the anticipated moments of summer is hot buttered corn on the cob. When I have family over for a barbeque shouldn’t I be able to tell them if I am serving hot buttered Pioneer, Mycogen or Dekalb corn? If GMO corn is so amazing why is it I cannot go to the store and ask for it by name? Why is a superior and safe brand not willing to advertize each product they create?
GMO food always seems like an over there concept. You read about it in the news; Monsanto, splashed across the headlines, but when you finish the article, what then? What does it really have to do with you beyond a seemingly arbitrary choice between conventionally grown and organic food whilst perusing the supermarket aisles? It is easy to villainize a company without truly understanding the issues beyond the catchphrases we are spoonfed. We hear constantly that GMOs are no good, but how does that really affect ME? Without being able to identify a genetically modified organism isn’t it easier to turn a blind eye or to blame a faceless and distant company rather than be accountable for what we feed our families? If you knew the long list of chemicals applied to your food and in what quantities would you still eat it?
It is easy to become fully removed from the journey your dinner has taken from the farm to your plate. The part that has left me disillusioned is at what point did we become part of the feedlot? You may be asking yourself what I mean by that, and it is simply, at some point we stopped eating just food and now we are eating the same fillers as all the other feedlot animals. Corn and soy are in almost every processed food item we consume. As an example, I recently bought a box of cookies and there was over fifteen ingredients in it that were derived from corn. The number one ingredient in the cookies was corn syrup, not flour. The third ingredient was soybean oil shortening. Why? And to what effect? PBS has a short list of corn derived ingredients available in PDF. Live Corn Free also has a very comprehensive list. In an article done by Time the top ten GMO crops in the U.S.A. are as follows:
- Sugar beets
In The Omnivore’s Dilemma written by Michael Pollan, the question of what’s for dinner? evolves into more thought provoking questions including what is it that we are eating for dinner? Our plethora of choices in the grocery store seem to be nothing more than an illusion. GMO corn and soy in so many incarnations all which end up on our dinner plate. Cows eat it. Pigs and poultry too. Even trout you catch at the lake could have easily have been farmed knowing GMOs in their diet before their release. If eating a varied diet really breaks down to eating a diet filled with genetically modified corn and soy, how do you feel about that?