Too Much Corn is Making America Fat!
Today American’s are getting fatter and fatter. The statistics are staggering. According to Michael Pollan in his book Omnivore's Dilemma, “Three of every five Americans are overweight; one of every five is obese.”(Pollan, 108) These statistics are shocking. One need only look around at the local mall to get some sense of just how out of control our nation’s weight problem has become. Almost every day there is an article that reflects the problems associated with the rise in obesity. Obesity is costing our country millions of dollars every year in increased medical expenses caused by a higher incidence of preventable medical conditions, such as Type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease, not to mention the increased risk for complications associated with medical procedures performed on the obese patient. Looking further, there are accommodations that may need to be made for an obese customer on a plane or bus. Who pays when an extra seat is required to accommodate an obese customer, the airline or the consumer? What role does the government play in all this? Shouldn’t they bear some responsibility in the increasing rate of obesity? After all, the over production of corn in this country has lead the government to look for some place to unload it. Where is it all going? It is going in our food and making American’s fat. Obesity in America is being driven by how our government has chosen to deal with an overabundance of corn.
America’s increase in the rate of obesity can be traced to the 1970’s. It is no coincidence that this is the same time period when Butz began to dismantle the policies that protected our farmers from overproduction. (Pollan, 102) In the past, loans were provided to keep too much corn from hitting the market. Without that control, farmers have few choices when it comes to trying to increase their economic return. Farmers try to increase their yield which means there is more corn on the market which...
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