Posted by: 4pack | November 14, 2009

“Obesity In America”: Corn Subsidies That Benefit Iowa Farmers Will Keep “Super-Abundant High-Fructose Corn Syrup” (HFCS) Flowing And American’s Waistline “Growing”

Iowa Corn

With a minimum price of $1.90 per bushel of corn guaranteed by the 2007 Farm Bill, activists say that the crop is a guaranteed winner for the farmers of the Midwest — and one of the results is something called super-abundant high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS).

IT JUST MAKES “FOUR PACKS” DAY TO RECEIVE THE GIFT OF A BRITISH ARTICLE ON “AMERICAN OBESITY”…THE FRENCH AND BRITISH REVEL IN DETAILING THE CONTINUED AMERICAN “CORUPTION OF CULTURE”…THE “HEAVY-WEIGHT” BRITISH MEDIA RIGHTLY EXPOSES HIGH-FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP’S ROLE IN THE  OBESITY EPIDEMIC…READ BELOW:

(From TimesOnline article)   The link has not been proven, but the theory is compelling. It suggests that America is doomed to lead the world’s obesity rankings as long as the process by which it elects its presidents starts in Iowa — a state known for its cornfields and corn subsidies.

With a minimum price of $1.90 per bushel of corn guaranteed by the 2007 Farm Bill, activists say that the crop is a guaranteed winner for the farmers of the Midwest — and one of the results is something called super-abundant high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS).

Known to its detractors as “liquid Satan”, HFCS is the sweetener of choice in the vast bulk of fizzy drinks and packaged cakes and biscuits consumed in the US. Its producers have long enjoyed the solid support of the US Senate and most presidential candidates, who gravitate every four years to Iowa to pledge their allegiance to its voters. “Farm subsidies are a third rail of Iowa politics,” a former staffer on Senator John Edwards’s presidential campaign said yesterday. “You don’t touch them.”

Iowa corn 2President Obama certainly didn’t. As an Illinois Senator and presidential candidate, he consistently backed corn subsidies, on the grounds that they promoted the production of corn-based ethanol and thereby enhanced US energy security.

The 2007 Farm Bill conferred more than $2 billion on Iowa in corn subsidies for 2007 to 2012 — nearly 80 per cent of the state’s subsidies for all crops for the period. Americans’ consumption of corn on the cob has not risen markedly as a result, but their intake of HFCS has been climbing for decades, from 0.6lb per person per year in 1970 to 73.5lb in 2007.

It is sugars that make people put on weight, the paediatrician James Bailes insists. “I used to tell people to eat less fat and exercise more — and none of them lost weight,” he said. “It’s the carbohydrates, the sugary drinks, that do the damage.”

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article6916612.ece

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Responses

  1. Australia uses sugar instead of HFCS, and their obesity rates track those in the US. Stopping corn subsidies won’t make food processors turn to brown rice and tofu — instead, they’ll use sugar, which is at historic lows price-wise and has been for years now.

    There is no magic bullet here, but there are several things we can and should do, starting with encouraging kids to eat veggies.


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