Even farm-raised salmon are being bred to tolerate corn--not a food their evolution has prepared the


Even farm-raised salmon are being bred to tolerate corn--not a food their evolution has prepared them for. Why feed fish corn? Because it's the cheapest thing you can feed any animal, thanks to federal subsidies. But even with more than half of the 10 billion bushels of corn produced annually being fed to animals, there is plenty left over. So companies like A.D.M., Cargill and ConAgra have figured ingenious new ways to dispose of it, turning it into everything from ethanol to Vitamin C and biodegradable plastics.

Source: Michael Pollan (2002). "When a Crop Becomes King", The New York Times Op-Ed, July 19, 2002.

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