The Omnivore’s Dilemma is a non-fiction book that discusses the relationship between the food and our daily life. Michael Pollan, the author of this book, points out the advantages and disadvantages of subsidy on corn. Given the corn is one of the major crops in our daily life, there are lots of corn’s by-products in the supermarket, even the nonfood items. Some people believe corn is a miracle crop because they are impressed by the wide-ranged of corn products; On the other hand, some people think the expansion of corn industry leads to social, environmental, and economic problems. In Pollan’s view, he questions about the outcomes of the subsidy and believes it creates different negative problems to the society.
The crop occupies 12.1% of total pulses area and 8.8% of total pulse production in India with an average national productivity of 518 Kg/ha. Because of its relative tolerance to drought, a short life cycle (75-90 days) and the ability to fix atmospheric nitrogen, it is cultivated as a component in various cropping systems, chiefly with rice and wheat (Kaewwongwal et al. 2015). Soil amendments that increase soil fertility and plant productivity can be very useful for crops. An improved crop yield by inoculation with a phosphate solubilizing fungal strain has been observed in many field studies.
According to research ninety percent of the corn produced in US is genetically modified, and this is the same corn that goes into the making of high fructose corn syrup which is an artificial sweetener. Besides this, another fact about HFCS is that it is a processed sweetener which comes from corn and not sugar beet, the natural source of sugar. And anything artificial, whether it is used in small amounts or large amounts, long term consumption can have harmful effects. Therefore, it is important to know how to read food labels so that you can easily identify whether a particular product contains artificial or natural sweeteners. Disadvantages of High Fructose Corn Syrup
Thanks to The Columbian exchange, crops affected both Old and New World and the one of the major exchanges were plants. The New World had introduced potatoes, corn and tomatoes. In exchange, the Old World had brought wheat, rice and barley. A lot of staple foods and crops were introduced to these two worlds like wheat, potato and rice. By bringing wheat over to the New World, it had flourished under the ecology of North and South of America.
High fructose corn syrup is basically a corn syrup in which enzymes have been additional to alteration selected of the glucose to fructose and creation the product syrup sweeter than corn syrup. In this report I will cover basic ideas and information related to high fructose corn syrup, physical and chemical properties of HFCS. There are many manufacturer process, that used corn syrup as an raw material, and HFCS used in many food stuffs for developing better taste, odor and flavor. In the middle section of this report I will show the process flow diagram of the process that uses starch as an raw material for the production of HFCS. At the end of this report I will cover up, how environment affected due to the production of HFCS, and what are
With the availability of genetically engineered seeds of different food crops, farmers became capable of controlling weeds in their cotton, soy, canola and corn crops. In order to increase the sale of its star herbicide, Monsanto
The new settlers were dependent on the natural resources and adapted to using cornmeal for daily nutrition. Cornmeal is a cheap substance and has a long shelf life, which made it easy for people to store during the winter months (The American Indian Heritage Foundation, 2016). As cornmeal became more popular the recipes began to change some regions grew blue corn, others grow yellow, this lead to the cornmeal tasting different. In some regions, people added honey or molasses to the cornmeal to give it a sweeter taste. In other regions, people added lard or bacon fat to give the cornmeal flavor (Native Net,
Diamond states that other grains found in other parts of the world, such as knotweed, maygrass, and little barley in North America were nutritious, but were incredibly small and hard to farm, which meant that these types were harder to fully depend on (88). Scott found that grains were easily taxable, compared to root crops, like sweet potatoes and taro. Root crops could be hidden from the tax collector by keeping them buried and other crops, like legumes have several harvests throughout the year, which makes it difficult to keep track of the full taxable amount. Grains follow a strict growth and harvest cycle, which makes taxing easier. Cereals domesticated in the Fertile
With the use of GMOs, farmers are able to produce higher harvests from the same croplands and can even double its production. This makes it possible to meet food demands of future generations with fewer farming land. By 2050, it is said that about 10 billion people are to be living on our planet, but current estimates show that global food production is enough to only feed about 8 billion people. These modified crops also allows them to grow in areas that receive little rainfall or have zero irrigation. From 1980 to 2011, the amount of irrigation water required for corn fields decreased by 53%.
Nowadays consumers demand cheap food so more of corn and soy are in demand. Farmers grow these crops consistently which is known as monoculture; because of this the soil depletes and forces farmers to use greater amounts of pesticides and fertilizers. Even the animals are fed corn, which again motivates farmers to cultivate the same crop. The effect of food on climate is scary. Because of monoculture lot of pesticides and fertilizers are used.