Since President Nixon’s Secretary of Agriculture Earl Butz abolished production limits in the early 1970s, corn farmers have been guaranteed a livable income by a subsidy system that doles out cash even when the market is already flooded with corn.
These subsidies have become big business. While initially meant to protect farmers from the vagaries of weather and the fickleness of the free market system, the subsidy system now often rewards big growers over small- and mid-sized producers.
In contrast, the Farm Bill currently offers little reward to farmers who grow nutrient-rich with corn to land that produces watermelons or tomatoes. The result is an imbalance in the price of healthy foods versus unhealthy ones. Throughout the 1990s, the real price of fruits and vegetables rose 40 percent. And by 2000, the price of many sodas and other junk foods had dropped to 80 percent of their price in 1985.
“Of the 32 pounds of feed a cow consumes in a single day, ¾ of that is corn. What comes to mind with the phrase “cheap food” is fast food. The fast food industry is where you’re going to find the most corn. Your burgers come from cows who eat corn, your pop has tons of high fructose corn syrup, and your french fries are cooked in oil containing corn.”
Corn Causes Breast Cancer
Omega-6 to Omega- 3 ratio = 49:1, even if corn is organic
Corn Causes Cardiovascular Disease and Depression
My Corn Allergy Symptoms and History
Since I was a little girl, I have suffered from chronic headaches, rashes, joint pains (I was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis when I was 11) and intestinal issues. At age 12, I had an allergy test and found out I was allergic to corn. However, none of the various symptoms I suffered from were connected to the corn allergy. As a teenager, I went on to develop asthma and increasingly frequent stomach aches. In my twenties, I started getting chronic bronchitis and sinus infections, which my doctor said was caused by my asthma. The near-daily headaches turned into head "pains" when I was about 24, and by age 30 I was also diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS - it's as awful as it sounds!) and chronic migraine headaches.
A neurologist (finally) made the connection between the migraines and the food allergy. I was put on a medication to prevent migraines and also stopped eating products that had identifiable corn products in them (i.e., cornstarch or corn syrup). At that point, the headaches became minimal and my rashes cleared up. However, I still suffered from asthma and IBS. Eventually, I realized that the medicines I was taking contained corn derivatives! I stopped taking the medications immediately, promptly eliminated even more foods that contained corn, and stopped getting asthma attacks. In January, 2001, I got very diligent about every little teeny drop of anything that might have corn in it, and my IBS went away. In addition, I don't come down with colds nearly as much as I used to (from about 12 colds a year to 1 or 2 colds a year!!!), and very seldom get a sinus infection anymore. It's been years since I've suffered from bronchitis, and the only stomach issues I've had in years were at the same time as an allergy reaction.
My allergic reaction symptoms include:
- Migraine headaches of levels from annoying to emergency room
- Tingling sensation at the base of my neck that lasts for hours
- Asthma attacks and/or shortness-of-breath
- Tongue and face swelling
- "Raccoon" eyes and lines from my eyes down across my cheeks
- Rashes and hives, especially if something's applied topically (like sunscreen)
- Intestinal issues, such as stomach discomfort/cramps/pain, diarrhea, nausea and/or vomiting
- Lethargy varying from tired to (literally) not able to stay awake
- Joint pains, especially overnight and in my legs
- Weakened immune system; sinus infections
Corn- or Maize-Based Diets
“The nutritional disease pellagra, which is caused by a deficiency in niacin , is associated with maize-based diets in the Americas and Africa. While niacin is readily available in corn, it exists in a bound form (niacytin) that is not biologically available to monogastric (single-stomach) animals.
“Persons suffering from pellagra usually appear to be poorly nourished, and they are often weak and underweight. They also exhibit dermatitis, diarrhea, and dementia . If untreated, pellagra can result in death.”
Niacin Deficiency Symptoms
Symptoms of mild niacin deficiency include:
- canker sores
Severe deficiency, called pellagra, can cause symptoms related to the skin,digestive system, and nervous system. They include:
- thick, scaly pigmented rash on skin exposed to sunlight
- swollen mouth and bright red tongue
- vomiting and diarrhea
- memory loss
Study Finds High-Fructose Corn Syrup Contains Mercury
“Almost half of tested samples of commercial high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) contained mercury, which was also found in nearly a third of 55 popular brand-name food and beverage products where HFCS is the first- or second-highest labeled ingredient, according to two new U.S. studies.”
Corn Is Bad For You, Bad For Farmers, But It's Everywhere
"Our modified wonder is known as yellow den corn. It is much larger than the original corn plant and has a distinct yellow color and consists mainly of starch. It also has a lower protein content."
King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In the film, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America’s most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat—and how we farm.
Diseases Linked to Grains in Dog Food
After the dog food bag is opened that’s where the trouble begins
Low quality ingredients [and unrefrigerated storage of opened bags] have always been fertile breeding grounds for some of the nastiest contaminants in dog food.”
Article by Mike Menkes 2012