Things that may or may not contain corn

You’ve heard the reports, you’ve read the Michael Pollan, and you’ve watched the apocalyptic movies: corn is everywhere in the industrial food system.

“Corn is in the coffee whitener and Cheez Whiz, the frozen yogurt and TV dinner, the canned fruit and ketchup and candies, the soups and snacks and cake mixes,” writes Michael Pollan in his bestseller The Omnivore’s Dilemma. “Everything from the toothpaste and cosmetics to the disposable diapers, trash bags, cleansers, charcoal briquettes, matches, and batteries, right down to the shine of the magazine that catches your eye by the checkout: corn.”

Thing is, most midd kids are very aware of this. We’re taking environmental studies classes, reading our Bill McKibben and working in the organic garden.

So, motivated by our collective suspicion of corn, I collaborated with a few midd-blog special correspondents this summer to compile a list of things that may or may not contain corn, but that you could get most midd kids to believe contain corn. The focus isn’t so much on the truth of whether the items contain corn; the idea is that these things are suspect — in color, taste or texture — and that we honestly have no idea how they are made. You could, therefore, convince most Middlebury students that these items contain corn:

  • elmer’s school glue
  • aunt jemima pancake mix
  • tennis balls
  • flower tortillas
  • teriyaki sauce
  • CDs
  • laundry detergent
  • astro turf
  • nurf products
  • all canned beer
  • silly string
  • most american flags
  • any kind of spray
  • pillow stuffing
  • christmas ornaments
  • veggie burgers
  • oil paint
  • perfume and cologne samples in high-end magazines
  • pez and pez dispensers

This is only part of a much, much longer working list, so feel free to contact midd blog with additions or drop a comment. Your participation would be much appreciated in compiling this important list.

Note: One of our special correspondents informed be that he read the ingredients of a package of his flower tortillas, and that the flour tortillas did, in fact, contain corn.


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