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More and more people from the "low carb world" are taking their thoughts to the web in
the form of "blogs" (short for weblogs). And they're making a lot of sense. In fact,
blogging — an activity that's reaching phenomenon status is probably the best
way to get a message "out there."
So each month, we'll be bringing you the "Best of the low carb Blogs." The topics
won't always be about low carb per se. We're simply choosing those entries that we, at
Low Carb Luxury, find to be buzz-worthy.
This month, we feature an entry from Dr. Mike's Blog, written by Protein Power
doc, Michael R. Eades. Michael is a good friend of ours, and has a gift for drawing in
his readers. His warmth and down-to-earth nature always show through, but make no mistake,
Mike Eades is one very sharp fellow. Visit
his blog each week to read all that he has to offer!
The Price of Corn
One of today's New York Times editorial pieces discusses the price of corn. It appears that the price of a bushel of corn is more than 150% greater than it was a year ago. And this despite record harvest. Why? One reason is the demand for ethanol. Another is a smaller corn reserve than usual, and yet another is that commodities are the hot new investment opportunity for speculators.
"It's tempting to assume that the effect of sharply higher prices is confined primarily to the agricultural sector. But where corn is concerned, we are all part of the agricultural sector. The historical cheapness of corn has driven it into nearly every aspect of our economy, in the form, most familiarly, of corn syrup. The low price of corn over the past half-century lies at the very foundation of America's historically (and unrealistically) low food prices.
we are entering a new dynamic now. While there has been talk recently about refining ethanol from sources other than corn, that could take a while. So at the moment what we are trying to do is gratify those appetites from the same resource: agricultural land. No matter how high prices go, what will need to change isn't the amount of corn acreage available or even the size of the enormous harvests we are already getting. What will need to change is the size of our appetites."
Or perhaps we can change the direction of our appetites. No one consuming a quality low-carb diet filled with grass-fed meats, green leafy and colorful vegetables, and low-carb fruits eats much corn. Everyone is always exhorting us to conserve oil by driving more gasoline efficient cars, turning down our heat, etc.; let's start a movement to conserve corn by, well, not eating it. Corn works much better to power cars than it does to power us.
Copyright © February 2007 Michael R. Eades and Low Carb Luxury
Avoid corn, save American agriculture. Or depending on your feelings about capitalism?quit eating corn and ruin a speculator.
Michael R. Eades, MD