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Learned a lot this weekend.
I learned about the city of Santa Barbara, which I visited to see an old friend, in which all manner of impressive vistas, local hangouts, and unusual attractions were observed.
I also learned a ton about the American food system while listening to an audiobook on the drive up to Santa Barbara. In a recent blog post, I talked about the five most-subsidized food crops, and how those crops dominate the ingredient list of most of our meals. But listening to the first few chapters of The Ominvore’s Dilemma, I come to see that corn easily tops this list of those five crops, and the magnitude of corn’s impact on the country’s food supply and ecology is blowing my mind. While some folks could maybe see this in a positive “look at all the uses George Washington Carver thought up for the peanut” way, I am seeing it in a horrified, mad science/perversion of nature/over-reliance on a single option can lead to disaster sort of way. I’ll try to do another podcast to talk about it this week, as I am cleverly working six days in a row again.
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