When it comes to American cereal plants, corn is king. Interestingly, though, it doesn't all end up as cobs of vegetable on the dinner table-- about 40% of this mighty crop is used to make ethanol. After the United States, China is the world's next biggest producer of corn.
While the huge US subsidy on corn ethanol expired in 2011, I still found the cobby chaps available in Walmart for an ear-shucking 20 cents per capita. To end a string of facts quickly descending into madness, let it be known that the 327 million bushels of corn consumed by Americans each year, including grits and corn flour, pales in comparison to the 5.25 billion bushels eaten by livestock nation-wide.