That's right, the security band around the top of the container was made of corn.
I recalled that last year's heat and drought created the lowest corn yields in more than a decade, causing corn prices to soar, that cattle were being fed cookies and candy bars in lieu of corn. We may be wishing for a candy bar ourselves this year, as corn prices start to spill over into higher prices for chicken, meat and other human foodstuffs.
But corn producers, a powerful economic and political bloc, have branched out into all kinds of other uses for their crop. Let's don't even talk about the shameful requirement to convert corn into ethanol, a bad public policy that would never have occurred if Iowa's presidential caucuses were held in April.
Let's just focus on making oatmeal packaging out of corn. I think it's a dumb idea. A better idea: use paper for packaging and use corn for food.