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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 bugmenot.com if you are prompted to log-in when visiting the above mentioned article.) … [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...]

Statistics

1) According to the Corn Refiners Association, per capita U.S. consumption of high fructose corn syrup has gone from .5 pounds per year in 1970 to 59.2 pounds per year in 2005. Which also equate to 2 calories of hfcs consumed daily in 1970 to 200 caloires of hfcs consumed daily in 2005. SOURCE: http://www.corn.org/web/percaphfcs.htm Absolutely frightening.  --------------------------------------- 2) From LookSmart (http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0854/is_7_27/ai_n17207352) : "Refined Carbs and Soda Are Culprits. "We saw a huge upswing in total calories between 1980 and 1997, almost all of it from refined carbohydrates, particularly corn syrup sweeteners," says Lee Gross, M.D., lead researcher of the study. During … [Read more...]