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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 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...]

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...]

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...]

Congratulations to Franz!

Franz has produced the first product I've seen which proudly announces "No High Fructose Corn Syrup." Making it easier for those of us looking for such products! I hope this is a coming trend (I expect it will be.) I, for one, will more readily buy products which clearly state they have no hfcs so that I don't have to waste my time looking at the ingredients for that information. … [Read more...]