If you think that this year’s drought, which has been slashing this summer’s Midwestern corn crop won’t affect your life, think again. Around 75% of the food on your supermarket shelves contains corn. From salad dressing to yogurt, corn has infiltrated our diets in ways that don’t look or taste anything like the “on-the-cob” variety. Will the suffering crop and the dominance of corn prove to be the perfect storm for your grocery bill?
The Midwest has been experiencing the most intense drought since the 1950’s. To simplify the equation that is the backbone of American agriculture, no rain equals no pollination equals fewer kernels of corn. And when corn is everywhere, the loss is huge.