The Gospel According to Agribusiness
Originally Published on Real Food Media, July 25, 2019
This piece is an abridged excerpt from the Iowa chapter of my book, Eating Tomorrow: Agribusiness, Family Farmers, and the Battle for the Future of Food, which was the July 2019 book selection by Real Food Reads, which published this excerpt along with a podcast interview.
In the beginning — 1926 — Agribusiness created corn, or so it proclaimed. It hadn’t, of course: 7,000 years earlier, the Mesoamerican gods had beaten them to it. What Agribusiness actually created thousands of years later was hybrid corn, and it declared that hybrid corn was the