Do you have a friend who says that corn is evil, and you don’t know what the hell she’s talking about? Or: would you like to impress your friends with knowledge about why the U.S. corn industry is evil? Or: do you give a crap about your body and the Earth? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this very short, very informative video is for you!
1 We spend less of our income on food than any generation in history.
2 We are also the first generation in two centuries whose life expectancy is lower than the one before us.
3 Big companies benefit from corn subsidies in the US.
4 We now eat fattened, corn-sick, antibiotic-ridden cattle, which is much, much higher in fat content than it was before the 1970s.
5 Nitrogen from fertilizers applied to cornfields eventually finds its way to the ocean where it causes what is known as dead zones, which are large patches of the ocean that are depleted of oxygen and virtually all life.
6 The obesity rate in the US has risen alongside our consumption with high fructose corn syrup, and many healthcare professionals and research analysts say the two are directly linked.
7 Over a third of Americans are clinically obese today.
8 The cattle industry is one of the main perpetrators of greenhouse gas emissions, poking holes all over our ozone.