Organic rather than transgenetic.
Labor instead of chemicals.
Diversity in place of monoculture.
Sunday, March 25, 2018
read "the omnivore's dilemma"? watched "king corn"? high fructose corn syrup is the devil in liquid form...how did i dump eighty or so pounds? i didn't join a gym...i didn't change my daily routine except for one detail...and it was the same dietary detail i changed...i cut hfcs out of my diet...and when i did i found i could not eat two cheeseburgers and a plate of fries anymore ( there's a reason refills are free at burger king )...i don't eat cheeseburgers anymore either...but that is a blog about confined animal feeding operations and steroids and antibiotics...a rant for another time...i saw a corn products tank car the other day while stopped at a road grade crossing and though "that is a lot of liquid in there" and then i thought about how much water it takes to grow corn ( two acre feet ) and i began to wonder how much water a tank car represented so i did some research into it and some ciphering...this is what i came up with...in 2016 500 million tons of corn were converted into high fructose corn syrup,,,that is 1,000,000,000,000 pounds of corn...at 56 pounds a bushel that works out to 1,857,128,571 bushels...that 500 million tons of corn produced 8.5 million tons of hfcs...at a weight of 11.75 pounds per gallon that works out to 1,446,808,511 gallons...at two acre feet to grow 200 bushels per acre it comes out to 3260 gallons of water per bushel and hfce uses 1.283 bushels per gallon so it takes 4182.5 gallons of water to produce one gallon of hfcs...a standard rail tank car holds 19500 gallons ( 74,195 tank cars of hfcs were produced in 2016 )...so...81.560,310 gallons of water per tank cat...when you export grain you export water...that mountain dew has a lot of water in it too.
an ex- industrial worker ( the continued automation of jobs, condensing of ownership, plant closings, trade wars, and degradation of living standards here has rendered me a former industrial worker...now just part-time lumpen proletariat) and university student (everyone needs a hobby...my hobbies have evolved and, to keep things straight, i have left my formal student career behind for reasons that are too detailed to delve into here...continuing to be a student of life however and not adverse to learning...stasis is death ) sliding down the back side of middle age...a social loner with collectivist leanings...explain that.