January 12th, 2007
Hey babe_of_beyazit, I found one of the cornies!
Summary of the summary in that link -- Michael Pollan points out in his book "Omnivore's Dilemma" that there's an increasing amount of corn in our diet. He then goes to show that corn is inefficiently used and subsidized despite the large profits that corn growers reap. He then starts taking potshots at a food industry which he perceives as based on energy loss.
I think that "cornie" is an appropriate term for one whose opinions fall on a similar line.
It's an interesting observation taken to an extreme conclusion. It appears from the cornie's comments to overlook several important points like the sources of energy production, assumes a few about economics, and uses a limited understanding of nutrition to claim doom upon us all.
Statements from the cornie on nutrition and energy.
It's my personal, unfounded theory that the corn subsdies are a major factor to the US obesidy rate.
I also owned a corn-allergic cat. You'd think that wouldn't be a problem, cats are carnivors...
It could be -- as I said, there's a lot that we really don't know about nutrition.
My principle is energy intake must approximate that energy output. This seems to have worked so far, though I note with some dismay that the last time I weighed myself, I was about 15 lbs. heavier than I normally assume myself to be.
What worries me is all the things related to heart disease, especially cholesterol. My family has a history of heart disease. While we also have a trend towards surviving heart disease, I'd prefer not to exercise whether or not I obtained those genes.
That's interesting with respect to cats -- I note that the food we give to Meg and Tera does in fact have some corn in it. Of course, I look at the way the two of them go after our food and wonder if they know they're carnivores. 8)
A brief and somewhat entertaining byproduct of my search