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Trailer for the Movie, “King Corn”

Here is a trailer for the movie 'King Corn,' which I highly recommend.  It's an in-depth and entertaining documentary about the corn industry, high-fructose corn syrup and "King Corn" (presumably our beloved Earl Butz, but they never do say). My favorite quote: "It's enough to make you distrust everything on your plate." … [Read more...]

Corn Refiners Association Launches Web Site to Inform Us All About Sweeteners

From the "Web Sites as Propaganda Machines" file, I am flabbergasted to bring news that the Corn Refiners Association has launched a web site called "sweet smarts" so they can inform all of us ignorant folks out in the webosphere about how different sweeteners stack up against each other.  (i.e. try to convince us that 4 calories worth of high fructose corn syrup is no worse for you than 4 calories worth of honey or sugar.) They have a cute little quiz that I took.  I deliberately got all of the answers wrong so they could preach at me, and tell me how great hfcs is. They presented two very arguable (in my opinion) points as factual.  First, they referred to research which came to the conclusion that sweetening beverages with HFCS … [Read more...]

Corn Refiners Association Wins Against Sugar Industry Officials in NAFTA Fight

Industry officials in the sugar industry have abandoned the fight to renew the restrictions governing the United States/Mexican sugar trade (formerly implemented via NAFTA).  The "intense opposition from the Bush administration and the corn syrup industry" proved to be too much, apparently.  (SOURCE:  Grand Forks Herald) Sadly, it is unclear why industry officials gave up on their efforts.  My questions are: Where are the representatives who are supposed to be standing up for the farmers on these issues?  Where do they stand, and why wasn't there a bigger fight? (Here is a link to if you are prompted to log-in when visiting the above mentioned article.) … [Read more...]

Corn Products International, Inc. Profits Up

Corn Products International, Inc., which makes high-fructose corn syrup, outperformed estimates and said that their 4th quarter profits rose 40 percent.  (SOURCE:  Chicago Tribune ) On one hand, I find this surprising, since people seem to be trying to stay away from high-fructose corn syrup.  On the other hand, competing with ethanol demand probably sent prices up a bit.  If ethanol causes the price of HFCS to go up by very much, I would bet that we will be seeing a lot more companies offering "organic" products in the grocery store in the next few years! … [Read more...]

Earl Butz, Who Blessed Us With Abundance of HFCS, Dies

The man responsible for offending Catholics, Jews, and black people is also responsible for the onslaught of subsidies that eventually brought us high fructose corn syrup.  He was hailed as a hero for this by farmers and in Washington.  The rest of us kind of curse the day he walked into Washington and into public life.  Apparently high fructose corn syrup was his crowning glory in his quest for producing "cheap food." Sadly, he has passed away at age 98.  He led a long life of offending people left and right and not knowing when to keep his mouth shut, according to his obituary (found here).  Earl Butz - Would this website need exist if it hadn't been for him? … [Read more...]

CSPI and Corn Refiners – An Odd Couple Unite Against Soft Drink Tax Proposal

CSPI (Center for Science in the Public Interest) believes that consuming too much of any kind of sugar is bad for you.  With that, I agree.  So they oppose a tax plan by the city of San Francisco that would tax soft drinks containing high fructose corn syrup, but wouln't add the tax to soft drinks containing natural sugar. The Corn Refiners Association is against this tax plan, too, for obvious reasons.  But my opinion that their view has more to do with their profits than with "public interest."  It probably also has to do with how they feel they would be perceived if an official governemnt body seemingly endorsed regular sugar as being healthier than high fructose corn syrup. In a way, it's understandable that each of these bodies … [Read more...]

Corn Refiners Oppose Proposed Real Sugar Deal

Corn refiners are siding with the Bush Administration on a deal that would help keep U.S. sugar programs competitive. The deal proposes to limit imports of Mexican sugar, but corn refiners "fear a backlash" that would harm their export of corn sweeteners to Mexico. I don't know, it sounds like a good deal to me.  Anything that keeps real sugar competetive and helps limit the spread of corn sweeteners seems like a good thing. Full Story Here … [Read more...]

King Corn

Here is a review and a run-down of the movie "King Corn" which devotes a segment to high-fructose corn syrup.  An entertaining documentary which raises a lot of good questions.  One of the biggest, to me, "Why no cameras in the high-fructose corn syrup manufacturing plant????" … [Read more...]

Store To Ban High-Fructose Corn Syrup

The Weaver Street Market is banning foods which contain high fructose corn syrup from its shelves.  They site the growing epidemic of childhood obesity as a major concern and reason for doing this. … [Read more...]

Sugary Carbs vs. Starchy Carbs

This article says that starchy carbs may not be as bad as all that.  But that it's the sugary carbs we should be worried about, specifically citing high-fructose corn syrup and its effect on insulin. … [Read more...]