Commodity Based Agriculture

| November 28, 2012

Our Corn, Soy and Canola Based Food Supply 

 

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Three of the largest food commodities, upon which a tremendous amount of our conventional food supply is based, are corn, soy and canola.

Toxin Laden, Nutrient Depleted Foods and Processed Food Ingredients

These same three crops, because they’re almost always industrially raised, are among those that are most likely to be:

  • genetically engineered, or GMO

  • heavily sprayed with toxic pesticides, herbicides and fungicides

  • grown with toxic synthetic petrochemical fertilizers

  • monocropped on vast tracts of land from which virtually all other, biodiverse forms of life – be they small mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects, worms, beneficial fungi or soil microorganisms – have been effectively eradicated

  • grown in extremely degraded, minerally depleted, contaminated and virtually lifeless soils

  • grown by large scale farmers, many of whom receive substantial financial subsidies from the government to raise enormous quantities of these particular commodity type crops

  • a major part of the diets fed to livestock raised in factory farm – CAFOs, (confined animal feeding operations) especially including beef and dairy cattle, chickens raised both for their meat and eggs, and pigs

  • grown with little or no consciousness with regard to things like building and improving the quality and fertility of the soil, stewarding the land, or raising nutrient dense, nourishing food

  • often highly processed in factories after harvesting so as to derive from them a plethora of ‘ingredients’ that are then used in the manufacture other highly processed, packaged, generally extremely low quality foods, such as: liquid cooking oils, sweetened soft drinks, candies, breads, cookies, crackers, cakes, doughnuts, and wide variety of other low quality, nutrient sparse boxed and bagged food products

[Cotton is another commodity crop produced for use in textiles, for its seeds, which often find their way into the diets of CAFO raised livestock, and also for its seed oil, which is used as an ingredient in a variety of processed foods made for human consumption.]

Although mass produced corn, soy and canola crops are ostensibly grown primarily for consumption as food, unfortunately, due to the fact that they’re grown on such an industrial scale with so many toxic chemicals, and in such depleted soil, they often harbor toxic petrochemical residues and their nutritional content has been severely diminished to the point where they bear very little resemblance whatsoever to real, nourishing food.

Solutions – Choose Wisely Where and on What You Spend Your Food Dollar:

  • focus on purchasing whole, wholesome, nutrient dense, minimally processed, non prepackaged foods

  • buy organic – certified organic foods should not contain GMOs, nor should they have been sprayed with toxic petrochemicals

  • avoid buying highly processed, prepackaged bagged and boxed foods, which often contain commodity crops and/or their processed derivatives

  • if you do buy such products, read labels carefully and choose those that do not contain commodity crops or ingredients derived from them

  • choose fresh, organically grown corn in season, preferably from small, local growers

  • consume soy products sparingly, primarily as condiments, and choose those which are organic and preferably fermented, such as miso, tamari, natto and tempeh, which are more digestible than unfermented soy

Helpful Links:

List of corn derived processed food ingredients.

List of soy derived processed food ingredients.

King Corn – Documentary on commodity based corn production:

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