Corn Genetics Engineered for Feed, Ethanol and Corn Syrup

Corn Genetics Engineered for Feed, Ethanol and Corn Syrup

note taken by Marshall Mayer on August 14, 2010 at 2:40 PM in the Agriculture Building, Iowa State Fair, Des Moines, IA USA

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Marshall Mayer
Marshall Mayer says:
Aug 25, 2022 04:39 PM

Iowa farmers grow more corn than any other state. Therefore the competition is keen at the Iowas State Fair to win the blue ribbon for the best corn. You'd think that the award would go to the farmer that produced the best sweet corn, a summertime favorite for all Iowans, especially when bought freshly picked at the farmer's stand in front of their farmhouse. But the vast majority of corn grown in Iowa, those ears displayed on the exhibit wall, is tasteless and homogenous, far from the maize that was pioneered in Oaxaca, Mexico. Rather it is grown to feed cows and cars. If humans do consume it, it is mainly in the form of an additive to sweeten the food. All of those uses are heavily subsidized by federal government policy, lobbied by the corporate farms that have displaced so many family farmers, especially since the mid-1980s.

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