The US Is the World’s Largest Producer of Corn, So Why Are We Importing More?
With more than 90 million acres of our nation set aside for corn farming, the US leads worldwide corn production by a pretty hefty margin. China is hardly a close second, but it still produces about 215 million tons of corn each year (compared to our 360 million tons). Brazil is a distant third at 75 million tons.
But red-blooded Americans aren’t eating that corn. Or at least not directly.
The vast majority of corn produced in the US becomes animal feed, fueling our nation’s other great food industry: meat. Much of the rest of it is processed into sweeteners, corn oil, and industrial products like ethanol fuel. Very, very little of it actually makes it to your table as intact ears.
Compounding that is the fact that almost all of the corn raised in the US is genetically modified, and GMO-wary consumers want none of that in their tortillas.
Thus, the world’s largest producer of corn has been forced to import organic, non-GMO corn from other countries—an agricultural irony that not only touches upon our growing mistrust of modified crops, but our reliance on animal protein.
According to a report released Wednesday by the Organic Trade Association and Pennsylvania State University, Romania is now the number-one supplier of organic corn for the US, with Turkey, the Netherlands, and Canada following it. Imports of Romanian corn rose to $11.6 million in 2014 (compared to $545,000 in 2013).
“This important study is a ‘Help Wanted’ message for American farmers,” said Laura Batcha, CEO and executive director of the OTA, in a press release. “It shows substantial missed opportunities for the US farmer by not growing organic—whether to meet the demand outside the US or to keep up with the robust domestic demand for organic.”
The story is the same for American soy, which also ends up in more animal troughs than human mouths. Because of that, the US imported $73.8 million worth of soy from India last year.
Read on HERE.
Cultural Marxism, Culturl Terrorism
Gay Marriage: A Trojan Horse Movement
Look at our country today. With manufactured crisis Strategist-in-Chief Obama, we are almost there, and Cloward and Piven’s intellectual descendants were out in force in Ferguson. The communist agitators seeking “social justice” for Michael Brown burned down much of the neighborhood. Do black lives matter to them? Apparently not. And they have even said so. The issue is not the issue.
Occupy Wall Street’s black anarchist organizer Nelini Stamp’s new group, Dream Defenders, popularized the slogan “Hands Up Don’t Shoot!” But prior to Ferguson there was Trayvon Martin. Working with Eric Holder’s DOJ, Stamp’s group was responsible for getting Sanford, Florida police chief Bill Lee fired. This despite the fact the FBI agreed with Lee’s assessment that there was no case against Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman. Did Stamp care about “Justice for Trayvon?” Not according to Stamp. “We are actually trying to change the capitalist system we have today, because it’s not working for any of us,” she said.
The Left uses “rights” agendas to wrap itself in the mantle of righteousness and seize the moral high ground, tactically putting us on the defense in the process. But they couldn’t care less about the actual issue except in its ability to facilitate their path to power.
The agenda is never the agenda for the Left. And this is especially true for gay marriage. Homosexual marriage is a Trojan horse tactic. The true agenda is to establish the primacy of homosexual rights over the First Amendment’s guarantee of the free exercise of religion. Our nation was founded on this principle, and the gay marriage movement seeks to destroy it.
Much more to read found HERE.
Two good ol’ boys in an Alabama trailer park, were sitting
around talking one afternoon over a cold beer, after getting
off work at the local chicken processing plant.
After a while, the first guy says to the second, “If’n I was
to sneak over to your trailer Saturday and make love to your
wife while you was off huntin’, and she got pregnant and
had a baby, would that make us kin?”
The second guy crooked his head sideways for a minute,
scratched his head and squinted his eyes thinking real hard
about the question. Finally, he says, “Well, I don’t know
about kin, but it would make us even!”
GM, Ford, And Others Want to Make Working on Your Own Car Illegal
One of the inherent rights of owning a vehicle is the ability to get on one’s backside — a wrench in one hand and a grease rag in the other, and just tinker to your little heart’s desire. Since the vehicle was invented, it’s been an important facet within the community of gearheads.
General Motors — the same company responsible for 87 deaths related to faulty ignition switches, FYI — wants to take that right away from you citing safety and security issues. Along with a few other big names.
It’s called the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). It’s been around since 2000 and started as anti-Internet piracy legislation. But automakers want to use it to try and make working on your own car illegal. Yes, illegal. The general premise is that unlike cars of the past, today’s vehicles are so advanced and use such a large amount of software and coding in their general makeup, altering said code could be dangerous and possibly even malicious.
Listing the vehicle as a “mobile computing device,” the law would hypothetically protect automakers from pesky owners looking to alter any sort of technology in the vehicle that relates to the onboard computer. Flashing your ECU would be a big no no, which could also lead to all sorts of problems for aftermarket shops.
What GM, and even tractor companies like John Deere, argues is that you, as an owner, don’t actually own your car. Rather, you’re sort of just borrowing it for an extended amount of time and paying for the rights to use the technology. If it sounds ridiculous— it is. But it gets even more ludicrous.
According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, John Deere argued that “letting people modify car computer systems will result in them pirating music through the on-board entertainment system.”
That’s right— pirating music. Through a tractor.
DMCA does give a little bit of leeway, though. While the act could hypothetically lock customers out of key safety features, it would still allow owners the ability to repair other areas of the vehicle’s onboard computer as they see fit. It’s a slim compromise, but one that may be more closely based in reality.
As it currently sits, there are 13 (!) large automakers on the list supporting the DMCA. Want to know who they are? Of course you do:
General Motors Company
FCA US LLC
Ford Motor Company
Jaguar Land Rover
Volkswagen Group of America
Volvo Cars North America
Ironically, one of the brands that relies most on technology in its vehicles — Tesla Motors — in not in support of DMCA. While other American companies like GM, Ford and Chrysler all agree that working on your own vehicle should be punishable by law.
Funny how three brands that pride themselves on American ingenuity don’t want customers to work on their cars.