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I recently started reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma: the Secrets Behind What You Eat by Michael Pollan. I chose the “young readers edition,” because I’m so young at heart. Actually it’s because I was in such a rush to get the book and spend my gift card at Borders.com that I completely ignored all book information except for the publish date. I thought that since it was the newest edition, it would have the latest vital information that wasn’t in the earlier editions. Instead, it has lots of cool pictures and a really large font. And hey, that’s cool too. I’ve always been a visual learner.

The reason I purchased this book, and a couple others like it, is because I’m on a quest to find out as much about what goes into my food as I can. And it’s not just about what I’m eating and my own health. It’s about the world I live in, and how the creation of this food impacts it.

This all stems from the fact that I’ve always had a soft spot for animals and the environment, ever since I was young. Unfortunately, loving animals and the environment isn’t just about adopting a dog and recycling, one of which I did and one of which I currently do. Don’t get me wrong, these are steps in the right direction. But there is so much more. This blog is partially to document what I learn and spread the word. I need a place to organize my thoughts, so that it doesn’t all seem so overwhelming. After all, change doesn’t happen overnight.

You’re probably wondering what all this has to do with me being corny. I’ll get to that now. It’s partially because I’m my father’s daughter. But it’s mostly because I am what I eat. And, as I’m reading the above-mentioned book, I’m learning that corn, or some derivative of corn, is in almost every processed food I put into my body. Even though I never eat corn on the cob, I’m eating corn when I eat cereal, desserts, condiments, candy, non-dairy creamer, sauces, etc. Even meat.

What’s the big deal? So I eat a lot of corn, without even knowing it. How does this relate to animals and the environment?

Oh, you will find out! You’ll find out about that and so much more. Just be patient.

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