The Price of Corn: Ups and Downs (Part 2 of a 3 Part Series)

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So now that we know the deal with the futures market, let’s talk about the actual price of corn.  Actually, let me first answer what may be a blaring question: Why corn?  In fact, why talk about any of this at all?

Answer: corn is crazy important.  On the national level, it’s by far the most significant of any crop: subsidized twice as heavily as the next highest and taking up more land than Mississippi and Florida combined.  From a dietary standpoint it bears even more weight: thanks to our monocultured diets, 70% of the organic matter in our bodies can be directly linked to corn.  It’s in our soda, our cereal, and our Slim-Fast.  It’s in the burger, the bun, the cheese, the ketchup, the mayo, and the bacon AND the beer.  It fuels our cars, polishes our floors, sides our houses, and lights our streets.  America doesn’t run on Dunkin.  It runs on corn.  Lots of it.

You may be wondering: why do we pray so dutifully to “the golden chaff”?  Welcome to the history of corn subsidies… Continue reading

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The Price of Corn: Futures (Part 1 of a 3 Part Series)

Welcome to the first of a 3-part series on corn pricing!  Yes!  Over the past couple of weeks, current events taking place in the country’s heartland have perked my ears to issues surrounding global commodity trading.  The thing is, the more I read, the more in the dark I realize I am.  What follows, in true Eating Goodly style, is a really barebones look at all these subjects.  My aim isn’t to close the book on them, but to allow others in a similar boat as me (the “embarrassingly uninformed” boat) to open that book.

To begin understanding the price of corn, you’ve gotta know where it’s traded.  I’m not talking about the produce aisle or the farm-stand… I’m talking about the winner-take-all, no-holds-barred arena known as the futures market.  Continue reading

Cheater’s Breakfast: The Microwaved Egg Sandwich

Deeper issues lie within the context of this post.  Issues like the criteria for culinary authenticity.  Issues like the death of culture at the hands of convenience.  Issues like the black magic behind the science of the microwave.

They’ll have to wait, though.  The same time crunch that led to that sandwich (which is awesome by the way… microwaving eggs is easy and totally works) is bearing down on this entry.  Just take my word for it: with a bowl and some Pam you can have a sandwich-friendly egg patty waiting for you by the time you finish brushing your teeth.

Cheater's Breakfast

Cheat to win.

Recipe:

1. Put your bread in the toaster.

2. Get a bowl.  Spray it.

4. Crack in a couple eggs.

5. Microwave for 2 minutes.

6. Grab ketchup from the fridge. Throw out egg shells.

7. Pop!  Beep!

8. Assemble