King Corn Discussion Questions 1. What are some foods that contain corn that are not corn? -Beer -Soda -Beef (feeding cattle corn) -Gum, sweets -Diapers -Juices 2. Why do many farmers in the US grow corn? -Government subsidizes it -It is cheap If the government didn’t subsidize it, farmers would lose money on growing corn -We feed cattle corn now 3. How did the Farm Bill of the 1970s change US agriculture? Instead of paying people to not grow as much food, grow as much as you can and the government will pay you for it. Prior to 1970, we did not use as much high fructose corn syrup because it was so expensive 4. According to Michael Pollan, what is the goal of corn production in the US, quality or quantity? QUANTITY. 5. What is “commodity corn”? Commodity crops = process in order to eat Commodity corn must be processed in order to be eaten. Farmers do not eat the corn they grow. 6. What are cows designed to eat? What do we feed them instead? Why? Grass! We feed them corn now in order for them to gain weight quickly. This is a cheaper
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