Monday, February 22, 2010

The Omnivores Dilemma

I was at work the other day when Lisa gives me a call. She told me that she had heard a big "bang" outside our door and so with a little trepidation she went to check it out. To her surprise there was a package laying on the doorstep. She was a bit upset that the delivery guy handled our package so roughly but Lisa loves to receive packages so she quickly grabbed it up to see what surprises she had received that day. She was quite surprised (and a little disappointed I imagine) to see that it was addressed to me. The only things I ever receive addressed to me are bills so this was quite unusual. She then proceeds to open the package; I never get to open anything in our house (except for the bills of course) and she was even more surprised to see that it was book addressed to me but the "bill to" address was Marilyn McPhie's. That is when she promptly called me to ask me why I would receive a book in the mail from Marilyn. I too was quite surprised and then I remembered a fascinating discussion I had last Sunday with Craig McPhie about the environmentally sustainable farming methods. I found the concept extremely interesting and I told Craig that he would have to let me borrow his book when he was done with it. Apparently he decided to just send me one instead. I am now well into the book and it is every bit as interesting as Craig told me it was. The book is called, "The Omnivores Dilemma" and if you read a few of my trivia's in the future that are related to food it will probably be from this book.

25% of all the food in an average supermarket originates from corn. Beef, chicken, turky, lamb & pork are all corn fed. Most of the fish are corn fed and even Salmon which is naturally a carnivore is being genetically altered to eat corn. Many of the alcoholic drinks are fermented from corn. Virtually every edible product in the super market contains one or more corn products including, corn flour, corn syrup, corn starch, corn oil, lecithin, mono-, di- and tri-glycerides, food colorings, citric acid, glucose, maltodextrin, ascorbic acid, lysine, maltose, HFCS, MSG, polyols, xanthan gum, margarine, mayonnaise, mustard, salad dressings and even many of the vitamins. Radioisotope testing shows that an American's body is made up from more corn than a Mexican. Mexicans eat far more corn than we do if you don't count all the processed stuff.


Lynn said...

Oh yes! I read something about your corn close to your trivia somewhere just the other day......and there is issues with the corn crops these days...... And it will effect a lot of things due to that. Let me see where I can find that.....hold on.....

Oh! Here it is:—some-kernels-of-truth/

I truly admire this woman. When you get the chance to check out the other things on her site....let me know what you think. There's some things she says that I am not sure about....but she REALLY knows her stuff.

Thanks for sharing bits of this book. This will be quite interesting!

Lisa L said...

I do not open all your pkgs. thank you very much.