Corn, corn, corn; it seems that we have quite the surplus in the US. Still, I had to do a double-take when I read that Bt corn is genetically engineered to produce its own pesticide.
I think Pollan is correct when he writes that yet since the human desire for sweetness surpasses even our desire for intoxication, the cleverest thing to do with a bushel of corn is to refine it into thirty-three pounds of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS).
Pollan goes on to say that, annually, about 17.5 billion pounds of high-fructose corn syrup are produced and that, essentially, the government will subsidize HFCS but not carrots.
Other topics that caught my attention included:
400 Cattle An Hour Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) Earthbound Farm's Story Environmental Costs of Cheap Food Grading System That Favors Corn-Fed Over Grass-Fed Beef Growth Hormones Manure Lagoon Nature's Logic -- No Match For Logic of Capitalism The French Paradox
I liked how Pollan went and worked on the Polyface farm and highlighted grass farming but, best of all, I like the final chapter, The Perfect Meal. Pollan, for the most part, makes a meal out of food that he foraged or hunted (wild pig). In Pollan's words:
Scarcely an ingredient in it had ever worn a label or bar code or price tag, and yet I knew almost everything there was to know about its provenance and its price.
I'm strongly thinking about upping the amount of organic items that I purchase. Of course, even HFCS can be certified organic.