The answer to “what gives?” became crystal clear to me. All that corn growing out in all those fields across America is not winding up on my plate - or anyone’s plate - as corn on the cob, or even frozen or canned corn. What’s growing in those fields is appropriately enough called field corn, as distinguished from sweet corn. Field corn is the poster child for so much of what’s broken in our modern American food system. It’s partner in crime is the confined animal industry that produces most of the meat consumed in the this county. The two are closely connected.