Cannibal Corn Carnage
Makes me want to go watch "Children of the Corn" again.
French farmers’ embrace of modern farming is turning the already endangered local hamster population into black-tongued baby eating pyschos, scientists have found. Turning over massive tracts of land to maize-raising has destroyed the cuddly cheek-stuffers' previously diverse diet, with their monotonous intake also exposing …
No, it is now prevalent: check everything that you buy in your local supermarket - from Austria to New Zealand - everything now seems to contain high percentages of glucose-fructose syrup GFS aka (enzymed)corn-syrup or HFCS (high fructose-corn syrup) or fructose-glucose or isoglucose or . . .
and I can't see that it should
Sucrose just ain't what it used to be https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2546703/
p.s. allegedly the EU market for isoglucose will triple next year https://engineeredignorance.wordpress.com/2016/03/13/isoglucose-fake-sugar/
Not only that, but the cattle are corn-fed. And given various hormones. Easy to tell who eats fast food here, they look over-inflated. If you come to visit, avoid driving by a feedlot unless you want nasal scars. They do not smell like the birthplace of anything called food.
Other cultures here (hispanic and indian) that eat lots of corn seem to have more diabetes, many look trapped in their own bodies. I wish there was a way to reach out to them and present alternatives. Cultural change is slow, food gets fetishised into roles beyond fuel.
Over the years I've collected various anti-corn reasons for both human and animal food, it's no longer a part of my food chain at all.
Except in the gas tank, where there's rarely an opt-out. Don't bother posting about pure-gas.com or whatever, their data set is worthlessly incomplete and incorrect.
> Except in the gas tank
On the good side, on the first of last year, Florida made it legal to sell hippie-free gas again. It's hard to find but at least main chains like RaceTrac and Wawa are selling it.
And yes, that's one of the reasons I voted for Trump. I hope he puts some sort of lid on the EPA.
The EPA recently tried saying race cars & bikes are illegal because of their emissions. Fortunately, Congress put a stop to that.
Florida is a worthless state of clueless assholes. Voting for tRump is just going for par. Please do us all a favor and suck an exhaust pipe of a running car and let us know how bad those nasty EPA people are ruining your already self-fucked up life? You, silly bastard.
And stop using computers! Those are a product of NASA and Science and not for the likes of backwards assholes like; yourself, your orange hero, and his shemale companion. You clearly have no idea what to do with one with that last unfortunate post you failed to keep to yourself. :P
Nothing wrong with ethanol in your fuel if your engine is set up for it. Yes you have much higher fuel consumption, but the higher octane reduces detonation, so you can run more ignition and/or boost. It also cools the manifold more than petrol, so the power increase outweighs the consumption.
No kidding, you should see how hard it it to find animal and dairy products from animals that have not been force fed whilst living in a crowded in a car park (feed lots; now there is a nasal phenomenon). We've had to resort to 'organic' if you want butter to be yellow with flavour and not tasteless white!
We have farms here, lots of cows and sheep (way too many sheep, lots of uplands should be covered in forest instead of desolate grassy wastelands due to massive amounts of sheep farming).
It is (fortunately) the case that most UK cattle & sheep still get to roam.
We have plenty of good quality butter & lamb here, no need for NZ imports (unless you want a cheaper price as NZ sheep farms are huge so economies of scale makes it cheaper to freeze NZ lamb & ship it here (food miles ahoy!))
"I wish there was a way to reach out to them and present alternatives"
Its not a lack of alternatives, its a complete lack of funds to buy anything else. They know damn well that the food they are eating is terrible for them, but there are no alternatives. The US and Canada have fucked over the native populations' economies by forcing them to live on barren land long distances away from any population centers so that they no longer have either the option of growing their own food or making enough money to acquire food. Although even for those that are near population centers, their school funding and medical funding are so terrible that there is no way to compete with European-Americans (Funny how America is now screaming "Them immigrants are ruining the country, let's deport them all!" when the Natives have been saying that for 500 years now...)
I remember at primary school our teacher had two hamsters in the classroom. One day one of the girls starts screaming, teacher comes over and the girl points at the hamster cage. The girl hamster was giving birth to pups, and eating them. I think three died, two were unharmed, and of the two that died the teacher tried to save them by putting a plaster over the wounds.
Turned out that the second hamster wasn't a girl at all.
When I was but a lad, my brother and I had two mice as pets. Then one morning we woke to find that we now had one mouse, half a mouse carcass, and some surplus bits of mouse offal.
Turns out that rodents are, as a rule, horrid little things; probably something to do with their pan-dimensional existence.
I'm waiting for some "save the hamsters" society to intervene. Watching the en"sue"ing court battles would require a different kind of corn... popped in coconut oil, with plenty of butter and salt.
That's right - SAVE THE CANNIBAL HAMSTERS from themselves!
Yes. The logical next step.
I had not known, before reading that article (on a science site, not El Reg in this case) that there is a wild hamster native to Europe: Cricetus cricetus, aka the black-bellied, Eurasian, or common hamster.
Dummies like me can learn summat knew every daie, I guess.
Actually, according to WickedPedia: "The Court of Justice in Luxembourg, the European Union's highest court, ruled on 9 June 2011 that France had failed to protect the European hamster. The court said that if France did not adjust its agricultural and urbanization policies sufficiently to protect it, the government would be subject to fines of up to $24.6 million."
Or, instead of a fine, they might release 10,000 deranged corn-fed European hamsters into the Assemblée nationale... sacrebleu.
One of the big questions Adam Savage gets at cons is "are there MB episodes you couldn't air?"
The strangest such episode was "is the cardboard box more nutritious than the cereal inside it?"
So they fed cardboard to mice, and came in one day to find one very fat mouse, and various pieces of ex-mice.
The lawyers and censors obviously put a stop to things.
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