In Michael Pollan’s “We Are What We Eat” article, he traced industrial food back to one thing: Corn. Over eighty million acres in America is filled with Corn. In America today everything runs on corn, we use corn to feed all agricultural animals, and then we eat the animals that are fed corn. We also eat foods that contain high fructose corn syrup, corn starch, and other corn syrups. We are even using corn in other ways like ethanol, batteries, and even tires.
Corn is highly subsidized by the government, and therefore is overproduced in large quantities because it is very cheap to produce. Much of taxpayer’s dollars goes to these farmers for producing ridiculous amounts of corn. We have so much extra corn that we experiment often with it. For example, now salmon are being fed corn, an unnatural meal for the animal. Next, farming corn has become significantly easier after the introduction of genetically modified seeds and pesticides. As more and more corn has been produced over the past few decades, obesity rates are rising as well. “Overproduction of cheap grain in general, and corn in particular, has a lot to do with the fact that three-fifths of Americans are now overweight” (Pollan, 2). Corn is a fatty food that is used as fillers, sweeteners, binders, and in sauces. Corn used to be a healthy meal, but America has altered it into an unhealthy, unnatural food.
Consumers must be responsible when deciding what they are going to buy and eat. We must watch what we eat so that we don’t eat too much corn. Staying away from corn sweeteners and animals that have been fed corn is another important part.
-Pollan, Michael. “We Are What We Eat.” Ecoliteracy.org. N.p., 29 June 2009. Web. 25 Mar. 2016.