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The Real Enemy? Corn

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According to this article , research efforts related to the impact of corn on our society are difficult, stymied by the fast food industry and generally unpopular within the academic circles.

For years now, chickens and cows have been force-fed a food product that isn’t even part of their original diet.  With cows, the effect of eating corn is particularly disturbing:

Corn fattens up cows prior to slaughter at a higher rate than grass, their natural diet, but it also causes them a number of health problems. Cows’ stomachs in particular do not react well to corn – it makes them susceptible to the deadly bacteria E. coli – so their feed has to be spiked with antibiotics to prevent them from getting sick.

What’s more, most corn is not grown for direct consumption:

Of the more than 263 million bushels of corn produced in this province this year, 55 to 60 per cent of it will go to make to animal feed, 15 to 20 per cent will become ethanol, and much of the rest is used to manufacture, yes, the ubiquitous corn sweeteners found in soft drinks and snacks. (The iconic, butter-smeared, sweet cobs most of us picture when we think of corn accounts for only a tiny, specialized sliver of corn production in North America.)

More about the original article can be found here .  It’s titled "Carbon and nitrogen stable isotopes in fast food: Signatures of corn and confinement" and was published by A. Hope Jahren of the University of Hawaii.  I tried to get a copy, but couldn’t quite figure out the downloading process.

This type of research describes what many are discovering:  that meat is murder, to borrow a headline from The Smiths.  While it’s hard for me to pulll away from meat completely, my family has basically banned most of the things that corn is over-used for in North America:

  • Fast food from leading sources (MacDonald’s, Wendys, Burger King, Harvey’s)
  • A lot of processed food (things like pre-made chicken fingers)
  • Soda pop
  • Other snacks that are loaded with high-fructose corn syrup
  • Ethanol (which I call ‘euthanol’ because it’s a fuel that’s going to kill us if we let it)

Of course, this research now has me doing a double-take on the classic promotional tidbit that came with ‘good’ meat:  grain fed and free range.

I should have always known this, but they both seem more like lies.

Biofuel’s link to ‘euthanol’

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Full story here.

This story is several weeks old, but the message is still important: biofuels are starving people.

Governments are quickly reassessing their biofuel strategies because they realize the effect that this policy direction has the world’s less-advantaged. I heard a story about how the TTC is going to reduce its purchase of new biofuel buses for this reason and how Dalton McGuinty of the Ontario Liberals was reevaluating their fuel replacement strategy.

Of course, studies like this still fail to account for the impact that the US dollar has on all commodities. Last week, most commodities started to tumble in value. Normally, when one, maybe two products experience a shift in price by more than 10% within a very short time-frame, you’d look for basic fundamentals like supply or demand shocks that would affect those prices.

However, when we’re talking about almost all commodities reversing their upward trend, there must be something else at play. The solution: they’re all priced in US dollars and the US dollar took a jump last week when Bernanke declared that inflation must be kept under control.

I truly believe that this kind of international commodity market hegemony is unprecedented and the world would do itself a favour if we found a different way to evaluate the worth of a product, beyond using the US dollar as a proxy.

Ideally, it would be a basket of currencies that reflected the true worth of international goods and services, but which currencies would those be?

The cost of not acting is obvious. The more the US economy crumbles, the more the rest of the world will be subject to a rash of ‘interflation’, international price shocks that are solely related to the tumbling value of the US dollar.

The bad news: as the value of the dollar decreases (which it will start to do again soon as efforts are made to revive their economy), the changes become exponentially different. For example, when the US dollar was trading on par with the Euro, a $0.05 change might translate to a $2.00 change in the price of oil, other things being equal.

When the dollar tumbles to $0.25 vis-a-vis the Euro (which I predict it will once most of the financial crisis finally comes to light), a $0.05 translates to a 20% change in price. Since oil is currently trading in the $120-$140 range, 20% of this range translates to a $24-$28 change in the price of oil.

is that kind of change in price a severe shock or poorly planned international pricing system?

Greenwash Site

Link Here.

I’m glad that someone finally delivered a site that helps consumers understand what greenwashing really is and what they can do to educate themselves about environmental action.

Biofuel Efforts a Sham

A full and responsible description of the causes of euthanol, albeit just a little on the depressing side.

Full Story Here.

The Great Biofuel Famine

Your SUV Ate My Dinner!

Euthanol strikes again!!

Full Story Here.

This is no way to treat people:

biofuel policies will significantly contribute to the early, avoidable deaths of between 10 and 20 million people in the year 2008 alone.

P.S. For those that didn’t read my previous post, ‘euthanol’ is my own ‘mashed’ term combining ‘euthanasia’ and ‘ethanol’.

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