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I’ve always gotten a certain amusement about the banality of corn. I am not the only person who feels this way. If you watch Conan O’Brien written episodes of The Simpsons, back 8 decades ago when the show was good, there are a number of hilarious corn-based jokes. So I felt it was time for […]
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Big Corn, Dumb Reporters

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On April 24, 2015
We often vilify agribusiness and rightfully so. But the actual farmers growing the crops of agribusiness are just people trying to make a living in a capitalist system that constantly makes their lives more difficult, forcing consolidation that ends a way of life whether in Iowa, Mexico, or India. Grist profiles and humanizes some of […]

Food Royalty

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On November 14, 2014

We’ve discussed the 1935 Idaho Potato Queen here in the past. But she didn’t exist in a vacuum. Food related royalty has long been a thing in the U.S. They still are too. I once attended t

The Declining Grasslands

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On February 18, 2013
I’ve long been skeptical of biofuels as a meaningful way out of our energy crisis, especially considering that turning corn into fuel causes a whole lot of environmental problems of its own. Another big problem with biofuels is turning much of the United States into a gigantic corn monoculture. The rush to plant corn (and […]
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