Over a period of 1000 years the Native Americans transformed Maize by using selective breeding. Maize was a staple crop and food in their diets. The American Indians would also ground dry corn kernels into corn meal which would be used for cornbread, corn syrup, or corn pudding. The husks of the corn cob were braided into masks, baskets, and dolls. Christopher Columbus first discovered corn in 1492 in Cuba.
Nevertheless, if we studied the American industry, we would find that there is one basic ingredient that seems to be in just about everything: - corn. Our food industry here in America is strongly based on corn, and as the author points out, it is used in countless forms, from being fed to livestock, to being used in processed items such as yogurt or beer. Mr. Pollan also explains just how corn came to govern the American markets and industrial food chain due to a number of factors. He also pays a visit to George Naylor’s farm in
I recently headed out to the supermarket; check the labels on about 15 to 20 products. All the products contained some sort of corn sweetener ingredient. Corn is being fed to livestock: dairy cows, pigs, chicken and even salmon at all farms nationwide. Corn is cheaper, and less of a hassle to retrieve animals from the fields. All the available, soft drinks and juices for kids contain corn byproducts.
Pollan made me think of how much corn that I myself consume, to a point II started looking through my own cupboards to check ingredients. The author went into great detail into the science and anatomy of the corn plant. Pollan described the origins of the plant and he went into, what this reviewer feels as an overkill, of the molecular structure that was like a high school science review that escalated to a college botany course. Pollan began talking about the sex of corn and the germination process to a point that I was hearing late night Cinemax background music. When the author traveled to the Iowa farm I found very interesting, as far as the description of the land, the sounds of the tractor and the feel of the weather.
No one had really known that part of the world even existed until Columbus arrived there. The voyage brought people together of different kinds of cultures. One of the results of bringing people of different cultures together was the introduction of new foods. The European explorers introduced wheat, barley, sugarcane, rice, olives, and bananas to the New World. The natives had introduced foods such as maize, potatoes, cocoa, peanuts, tomatoes, pineapples, and chili peppers.
(Document 2) The cultivation of plants also showed the ingenuity of the Aztecs. As described by Cortes, they built artificial floating gardens that allowed for more crop growth and easy irrigation. (Document 7) Among the crops planted was Maize or simply corn. The importance of this crop to the Aztecs was obvious as images exist of its planting dating back to as far as 8000 BCE. (Document 9) Seemingly the backbone of the Meso-american diet, corn was kept under strict watch, along with other numerous crops.
“Calories are calories…protein is protein,” as stated by Michael Pollen in his book, The Omnivores Dilemma, when discussing the industrial logic many factory farms associate with feeding cattle corn and rendered cow parts (Pollen, 2006, p.75). This is true at a molecular level; however, there are unwanted substances in corn fed beef. For example, there is an increased amount of saturated fat. “A growing body of research suggests that many of the health problems associated with eating beef are really problems with corn-fed beef” (Pollen p. 75). Adding in additional substances to the cows corn diet, such as remnant cow parts, has led to e-coli out breaks in humans and continued to spread mad cow disease.
Josiah Begin 9/10/14 Sanitation Food inc summary Food Inc. is an depth Documentary on how our food is produced and where it comes from. The sad truth is that that most people don’t know where their food comes from. The movie starts off in the marketplace with the, “pastoral fantasy” advertisement on the plastic wrapped meat and poultry of grass fed beef, happily grazing with a cowboy herding them on his horse. Creating the illusion of where the food comes from. The attention is drawn to the unnatural year round tomatoes that are picked green and sprayed with a color enhancement chemical to get redness.
Would we be healthier and safer or is that just a load of manure. In this essay, I’m going to explore the differences between corn-fed and grass-fed beef and why grass-fed cattle are the better choice. Back before World War II, all cattle fed on grass. In an article published by Craig Walsh he wrote that during the war, “Farmers were
Carter argues to support or enhance the key issues that eating meat is right based on superiority, self-consciousness, reasoning, moral capability, rights, duties, and sentience. Carter shows that the statement that animals have an interest in their own lives and that we should not treat them like things is a cornerstone in many vegetarian theories. But then he questions this argument in that even the smallest insect has an interest in its own life, but you do not see people actively opposing the killing of all living creatures. He also questions the statement that animals can even make this assertion and are not just living out of basic instinct. And, although a creature may try to stay alive, is it doing so out of the fact it doesn't want to die, or the basic instinct that it has to stay alive.