A-maize-ing

by chrisk 20. September 2012 00:55

It’s the season of the corn harvest and this year, the crop has endured conditions harsher and drier than ever.

Corn or maize, is the preferred staple crop of 900 million of the world's poor and one-third of all malnourished children. Together with rice and wheat, maize provides 30% of all calories for more than 4.5 billion people in 94 developing countries.

The United States is by far the greatest producer. In 2012, U.S. farmers planted 96.4 million acres of corn. By comparison, Canada’s corn crop is a fraction of that (about 1,440 thousand hectares or 3.5 million acres).

Corn is the most widely produced feed grain in the U.S. It's processed into a wide range of food and industrial products: starch, sweeteners (including the infamous high-fructose corn syrup), oil, beverage-and-industrial alcohol and fuel ethanol.

Still, nothing beats driving by those vast fields of corn, stalks whispering in the autumn breeze. The taste of fresh, sweet corn straight from the farmer’s field is simply a-maize-ing.

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