Reclaiming Corn

Corn is genetically modified to enable it to be drenched in RoundUp.  After harvest, it is splintered and fractionated into a million different products and applications.  There are 38 ingredients in a Chicken McNugget and 18 are derived from corn.  Crazy.  Crazy that we are smart enough to make a whole world of products from the humble corn seed, but not smart enough to see that as a problem.  Seems to me like we are just smart enough to hang ourselves.  It’s amazing that we can modify species on a genetic level, but so stupid that we think there are not huge consequences to that.

My daughter is allergic to corn.  We found this out this past April.  Pulling all the corn from her diet has made a huge difference in her.  She has more energy, is happier, and is no longer complaining of daily stomach aches, headaches, and irritated skin.  Corn is in EVERYTHING.  Citric acid, ascorbic acid, caramel coloring, iodized salt, dextrose, white vinegar, and on and on and on.  I guess 90% of items in boxes and cans on grocery shelves contains corn.  Extreme overuse is at the heart of the huge wave of food allergies and sensitivities.  I think GMOs play a big part as well.

This year I grew 2 heirloom corns and I will use to make cornmeal and I hope my daughter will not react to them.  We will see.  I harvested them yesterday and they are drying now.  They are so beautiful!  They were worth the effort for beauty alone.  Red Floriani Flint Corn and Oaxacan Green Dent are the 2 we planted.  Beauty and diversity has been kicked to the curb by uniformity and technology.  The only way to fight the tide of mono-culture is by growing and consuming heirloom foods as diverse as possible.  The gifts of this planet are so plentiful and awe-inspiring.

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3 thoughts on “Reclaiming Corn

  1. We grew organic heirloom corn for the first time this year also. It was hard choosing varieties, with many wonderful offerings this year. We grew Roy’s Calais polenta corn, and Supai parch corn. They are beautiful! I would love to sample some of your varieties. Do you have enough to trade some ears? Enjoy your harvest!

  2. I’d love to know your experience with the red flint corn and your daughter’s allergies… I too have a laundry list of allergens and am looking to heirloom orgnic grains so that I can still enjoy foods that I love. I’ve had a lot of luck with Emmer Wheat bread/ rolls.

    1. inconclusive so far. We really are struggling to get her asymptomatic in order to run fair tests. Right now we are working on healing her digestive lining to try to get ahead of the irritants instead of just chasing them down. Good luck

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