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Meeting farmers

We have met so many amazing folks. I feel like I am starting to grasp new realities of this country that I never realized. Take for example, the man yesterday, who saw us when we were on his lawn, stretching for our first stop of the day after a hard hour of pedaling. I have been reading the Omnivore’s Dilemma, and one of the details I have been paying attention to ever since are the products in every packaged food that is originally derived from a corn plant. High Fructose Corn Syrup (referred to as HFCS) is the sweetener that is manufactured when the corn kernels enter the factory, along with various other products used in the majority of food we consume. This man handed us sodas to cool us down, Sierra Mist with REAL sugar. I commented on the real sugar and how it made the consumer feel healthier because they were drinking something more pure and au natural. Waay better than the HFCS that is present in other products like sweet cereals and juices. His response however, was that HFCS is not all that bad for us. It is the natural sugars that come from corn, the crop that basically his work and livelihood depended on.

Millions of products that are being avoided in the super markets and instead, replaced by organic and REAL and natural foods are actually disrupting a relationship between small-town American farmers and the rest of the buying market. This father, who we happened to come into contact with, so closely depended on me buying the product that are produced by his crops. I have many more thoughts inspired by this book. Read on for more later.

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