WHY is there corn syrup in just about EVERYTHING?
And how can we put an end to the ridiculous additives that are poisoning much of our food supply? (Especially for those that can't afford to buy everything from the expensive, wholefood stores?)
Corn is really cheap along with soybeans and are planted in the Midwest with at least eighty million acres meaning twice the size of New York... It is overproduced, subsidized, and is industrial corn being the biggest legal cash crop in America and being supported by the government... It is ridiculous that corn is used in about everything such as in batteries and used as high fructose corn syrup substitution for sugar in about 90% of our labeled food... Corn is heavily supported ($56 billion) beating other subsidies including wheat ($22 billion), soybeans ($14 billion), and rice ($11 billion) combined... It is all about the money in this world...
I'm not sure but it looks like corn farmers are the only ones left with job security. I won't knock them because I was born in Illinois. Of course, I am not so naive to think that there is any good reason other than money. It sure as hell isn't good for us, but most of us are too stupid to think that CORN could be bad for us. Corn is like milk; grossly overproduced. We have way more of it than we will ever need and they have to put it somewhere. I blame Monsanto for just about everything. And whatever I can't pin on Monsanto...I'll blame Nancy Reagan.
Corn syrup is very sweet, cheap, easy to process, and it transports and keeps efficiently. It reduces the cost of producing processed foods.
The way to avoid it is not to buy products containing it. If others, however, prefer those products due to price, taste, or any other criterion important to them, who are we to say they can't have them? Putting an end to corn syrup and other additives is not a decision rightly to be made by a few. Spread the word about your views to your heart's content, but respect the right of those who don't see things your way to make their own choices.
Thanks for your feedback everyone!
Attikos, I agree that people should be able to eat whatever they want. :-) I'm just frustrated that it is very hard to go shopping on the small budget that I have and find food that does NOT have corn syrup in it. I've read many studies about the harmful effects--especially of high fructose corn syrup--and it seems like to eat the healthy foods that I want to eat, I have to have lots of money. I just wish there was a better balanced option in stores without so much variation in pricing. Thanks for your feedback.
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