9/08/2004

"Perhaps more than any other, the food industry is very sensitive to consumer demand." so says michael pollan in this rather interesting sierra club interview. and here's a little more from him on agro-industrial monocultured corn. a sampling: "I don't know if democratizing beef is a good thing. The industry can always make the popular arguments, because they certainly make things cheaper. But is it really cheap? Think of the taxpayer, who's actually subsidizing every one of those burgers. All that corn requires an immense amount of fossil fuel. Corn requires more fertilizers and pesticides than other crops. It takes the equivalent of half a gallon of gasoline to grow every bushel of corn. [Almost] everything we do to protect our oil supply ... is a cost of that burger."

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