I always think of corn as the perfect example a foodstuff that we grow and use and eat so much of, it is beyond my own personal understanding.
Leaving aside what we may EXPORT… all the following things are made primarily of corn and corn by-products. And we have PLENTY of all of these things… for 300 million of us. 365 days a year (and I know that corn is used in smaller quantities in a ridiculous number of other things as well, these are just the obvious things with corn as a main ingredient/component)
corn syrup (how many billions of gallons? And how many tons of corn does it take to make a liquid ton of corn syrup? It’s in EVERYTHING)
and more millions of tons to FEED cows and chickens and pigs and horses.
So. How damn much of this stuff are we growing? it seems impossible that we can grow not only enough, but more than enough. and have plenty of room to grow the bazillion tons of wheat and soybeans that we need to grow to do all the bazillion things we do with those major products.
How is it possible?