Sunday, October 11, 2009

Weekend Links

From a book I happen to be reading at the moment:

[...S]ince the human desire for sweetness surpases even our desire for intoxication, the cleverest thing to do with a bushel of corn is to refine it into thirty-three pounds of high-fructose corn syrup.
That at least is what we're doing with about 530 million bushels of the annual corn harvest—turning it into 17.5 billion pounds of high-fructose corn syrup. Considering that the human animal did not taste this particular food until 1980, for HFCS to have become the leading source of sweetness in our diet stands as a notable acheivement on the part of the corn-refining industry [...]

The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan, pg. 103.

And Now, The Links

1 comment:

  1. "The Omnivore's Dilemma" was quite a book, very interesting, mostly about corn. I chuckled in the acknowledgments when he said his son coined the phrase "cornography". His other book, "In Defense of Food" was equally interesting.