Sunday, January 14, 2007

U.S. Corn Consumption

The National Corn Growers Association has recently updated their statistics on corn consumption and production to reflect the 2005 growing season. For the 2005 season, America consumed 8.96 billion bushels of corn, excluding that exported to other countries. With 56 pounds of corn per bushel and 281,421,906 Americans, that means the average American consumes 1783 pounds of corn per year or almost five pounds of corn per day.

This corn consumption is spread across corn-fed livestock, which we eventually consume; ethanol, which we inhale; high fructose corn syrup, which dominates the soft drinks that most Americans drink by the liter; and other sweeteners, starches, alcohols and corn derivatives that become hidden in every fathomable place.

Five pounds of corn. Every single day. Forever, unless you deliberately try to avoid it. Even then, how can anyone possibly avoid nearly 9 billion bushels a year?

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