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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Day 149


Thoughts: CORN

"The problem started with corn. Corn is manmade."

I’m shocked....what?! How is it man made?

I chat with Brandon Russel the first AC on the "The Man In The Maze" where we met. He is also a pioneer, gardener, earth man, restaurant owner, husband, father of 6 girls and a member of Cannabis Defence Coalition and the National Organization for reforming marijuana laws. Check out yesterdays blog for an 'out of the box' conversation on CANNABIS/HEMP/MARIJUANA.

So it turns out that corn as we know it would not exist if it weren't for the humans that cultivated it and developed it. Scientists believe that people living in Mexico created it 7000 years ago. It can only survive if planted and protected by humans.

Brandon continues...."It’s a cross between a couple different grains. If man were to die today corn would be gone too. Why we grew it in the first place, that is pretty deep and I’m not sure of all the reasons, for some reason the government subsidizes to make it profitable for people to grow. It goes for the government’s food pyramid. Corn is at the bottom of the pyramid and they say to have 6 servings per day. Take a corn Kernel and it’s the little dot that provides nutrition and the rest of it is sugar and starch. There has been a direct link to corn syrup and diabetes. It’s absolutely delicious, it’s all starch and sugar, the last thing your body should be eating. Have you noticed corn kernels in your poop? Your body doesn’t digest it. They say don’t feed it to dogs, but in most dog foods. Cows and other animals are being fed corn. This is making the cows fatter in half of the time. So imagine what that is doing to us! So my wife and I went through our cupboards and almost everything had corn in it. So we threw it out. Corn. The liars!".

I was always wondering if corn provided us with nutritional benifits. I had heard that it doesn't and then I thought well it naturally grows from the Earth so it must provide us with something. I was WRONG! So first of all corn is actually created by human beings and our creations these days seem to deprive us of healthy benifits, and I researched a corn kernel and found that 61% of the corn kernel is starch, which causes immflamtion in our bodies, makes us fat, just as it beefs up a cow and causes us bloating. If they can feed chickens corn and they grow chunky in half the time, imagine what it is doing to us!?! Then 16% is made up of water, protein and fibre 19% and corn oil 4%. Now thats one kernel, imagine eating a whole corn on the cob...that's alot of starch.

I found this article BEHIND THE NEW WORLD ORDER.

Corn is in virtually everything we consume. It has become part of every meal, every day, in mass quantities, from children to senior citizens to cows.

•Corn starch is used in every bread or pastry.
•Corn starch, syrup and cellulose are used in every medicine you can put in your mouth.
•If there is sugar, there is corn syrup. That means in soda, in cookies, in candy bars, even in BAGS OF SUGAR, including sugar-free sweeteners.
•Corn syrup, starch and/or oil is added to french fries, peanut butter, saltines, steak sauce, table salt, margarine, iced tea, fruit juice (even ones that claim to be 100% juice), "raw" honey, fish sticks, soy milk, wine, beer, liquor, chicken nuggets, flour, barley, caramel, Vitamin C, vanilla extract, vinegar and/or yeast.
•Corn-derived glycerin is found in almost every soap, lotion, toothpaste and shampoo.
•Anything on the label you can't pronounce is better than even odds to be corn.

Almost every chicken, pig and cow in the United States is force-fed corn. Even salmon! These animals can't properly digest a diet of all corn (not to mention the massive amounts of pesticides used to keep the corn bug free). So the livestock gets sick. That sickness is treated by antibiotics and hormones which then bleed into virtually every piece of meat or cup of milk served in America, making the people who consume them sick.

With the government obviously in collusion with the corn industry, it is no coincidence that the government's food pyramid correlates to obesity and other related illnesses... perhaps because the government advised us to consume 6-11 servings of carbohydrates in one day!!



Can you imagine how much corn the USDA has suggested for us to eat as part of our daily dietary regimen? Thank god we just learned (in 2002, after three decades of Americans following this pyramid) it's a hoax, I mean, mistake. However, this discovery is not stopping the corn industry or it's bed buddies, who spend millions of dollars marketing sugar (aka corn syrup) to children.
http://behindnewworld.blogspot.com/2006/12/truth-about-corn.html

Check your ingreident list in your foods and find out for yourself.

American fast food is almost entirely produced from corn according to a chemical analysis of dishes served at McDonald's, Burger King, and Wendy's.Using a stable isotope analysis of carbon and nitrogen to determine the origin of molecules present in hamburgers, chicken, and fries, Hope Jahren and Rebecca Kraft found corn to be the almost exclusive food source of the beef and chicken served in fast food restaurants. The researchers also uncovered evidence to suggest that fast food restaurants are misleading consumers as to the oils used in preparing french fries and that animals slaughtered for production are kept in confined quarters, rather than outdoors. The study is published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "Fastfood corporations, although they constitute more than half the restaurants in the U.S. and sell more than 1 hundred billion dollars of food each year, oppose regulation of ingredient reporting," the authors write. "Ingredients matter for many reasons: U.S. corn agriculture has been criticized as environmentally unsustainable and conspicuously subsidized. Of 160 food products we purchased at Wendy's throughout the United States, not 1 item could be traced back to a noncorn source. Our work also identified corn feed as the overwhelming source of food for tissue growth, hence for beef and chicken meat, at fast food restaurants."

During the mid 1960s, about 75 percent of the corn was fed to livestock, 13 percent was exported, and the remainder went into human food and industrial products. By 2000,the relative amount of corn fed to livestock had decreased to 60 percent, 22 percent was exported, 6 percent was used for High-Fructose Corn Sweetener, 6 percent was processed for ethanol, and 6 percent went into other products.

One reference lists over 500 different uses for corn. Corn is a component of canned corn, baby food, hominy, mush, puddings, tamales, and many more human foods.Some industrial uses of corn include filler for plastics, packing materials, insulating materials, adhesives, chemicals, explosives, paint, paste, abrasives, dyes, insecticides, pharmaceuticals, organic acids, solvents, rayon, antifreeze, soaps, and many more. Corn also is used as the major study plant for many academic disciplines such as genetics, physiology, soil fertility and biochemistry. It is doubtful that any other plant has been studied as extensively as has the corn plant.

Also something interesting to watch is King Corn. King Corn is a feature documentary about 2 friends, 1 acre of corn and the sub-sidized crop that drives our fast food nation.



http://news.mongabay.com/2008/1110-corn.html
http://www.campsilos.org/mod3/students/c_history5.shtml
http://www.kingcorn.net/
http://www.agron.iastate.edu/courses/agron212/readings/corn_history.htm
http://www.micorn.org/downloads/PLA_newsletter.pdf

Challenges: It's challenging for me to know this stuff, and I know that millions of people around the world, especially in the USA don't know this stuff. And if they did know it would they stop eating it? I doubt it. I want everyone to have this information available to them, and why don't they teach it in school? Is it selfish of me to want to go back to a organic earth?

Triumphs: Knowledge is power and enthusiasm pulls the switch.

What I Ate Today:

Breakfast: Pineapple. Mixed sprouts, beans, lentils and chickpeas.

Lunch: 2 nectarines. Pitachio nuts. 1 apple. (I was at the airport, and the only thing they had that I could eat on the Earth Diet was apples, oranges and pitachio nuts, they don't seem to cater for the healthy).

Dinner: Steamed snapper with scallions and ginger.

Dessert: No dessert.

Snacks: A red apple.

Exercise: Sitting on the plane ALL day, exercising my butt muscles ;)

216 days to go!!!

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