About Corn And Corn Futures
Whenever you think of corn you may think of Thanksgiving and Pilgrims around a table giving thanks to God for surviving a long hard winter, and receiving gifts of sweet corn or Indian corn from the native Americans in 1863. Well, even though some dispute the date of the first actual Thanksgiving, there is no dispute about the corn. It all started a long time before that. In fact, it was around in prehistoric times. Continue reading and discover maize and corn futures.
Maize or corn as some of us may know it is the most widely grown crop in the Americas. There are over three hundred million metric tons per year grown in the United States (US). Eighty percent of what is grown in the United States is classified at Transgenic, or it is made resistant to pests, and herbicides, this is known as hybrid. They do this by the incorporation of a gene that codes for the Bacillus Thuringiensis, which has been used as an alternative to pesticide. The countries currently growing Transgenic Maize are the United States, South Africa, Spain, Czech Republic, Portugal, and Germany.
Because corn can be grown in such huge amounts, raising corn is one of the best ways for farmers to keep their livestock fed. It is nutritional, and keeps their animals full and happy. Not only this, it promotes good digestion for them.
Sweet corn is delicious and it is good for you as well. Corn is not as highly publicized for its health benefits as some other vegetables, but it is filled with both protein and carbohydrates, and rich in folate, vitamin C, niacin, thiamine and fiber. We are told repeatedly to increase our fiber intake, and sweet corn is one of the most enjoyable ways to do that certainly. There are many wonderful recipes out there, with corn as the center ingredient. Not to mention how beautiful it can make a summer salad look.
Corn seems to have suddenly become the bad guy do to all the talk of high-fructose corn syrup used as a sweetening agent. The problem here again, no one has all of the facts as of yet, and you still must follow the same rules for everything you consume, including the daily food groups, everything in moderation. You cannot eat cereal three meals a day, and substitute soda for water, with no consequences to your health.
Corn’s future is bright, bright yellow. It continues to be grown in greater quantities in less amount of space, which is great for the farmer. Now, it can be used for fuel as well as for consumption. Like in the old days when they made moonshine, that was not useful, we have taken that idea and made ethanol, a fuel that burns cleanly.
Ethanol burns much cleaner, and is better for the planet than gasoline, however, we have crude oil under the ground just waiting to be used, and a lot of people waiting to be fed. These are the dilemmas of switching from fossil fuels to ethanol. Thank a farmer today, and thank you too, because you took the time to discover maize and corn futures.