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This is our Doomsday Corn Page. It talks about how much corn to plant in a doomsday scenario.
The first thing we have to do is figure out how many ears of corn we need.
We know that one cup of corn has about 150 calories.
For one person, based on a 2,000 calorie diet, eating corn only, we would need about 14 ears of corn per day. For eating corn all year, we would need 5,150 ears of corn for one person. Most corn produces only one ear per stalk.
For seed production, each ear produces about 100 seeds or kernels. For seed production we would need fifty seeds, but we always want a few extra, so lets say 100 seeds.
So we would need 5,500 corn seeds to start with.
Now the kind of corn we want to use is dent corn. This is not sweet corn. Sweet corn is only good for a few days. If not eaten soon after it is harvested, it loses its flavor.
Dent corn can be eaten off the cob, ground to make tortillas, cornmeal, grits or used as feed for animals. It can even be ground for flour. It is very versatile.
I am not sure how much processed corn is needed to make tortillas, cornmeal, grits or feed for animals.
Dent corn is used to make ethanol. And corn can also be used to make a little something to help you forget that you are in a doomsday situation. The last two we will not be talking about.
Corn can be stored in its dried form for many years. You would need to remove the kernels from the corncob in order to store the corn seed. Let the corncob dry on the corn stalk in order to help the corn seed dry.
The dry corn seeds would need to be ground in order to use them to make grits, tortillas and other things.
Dent corn comes in all types of colors and even the ears of corn can have multiple colors on them.
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