I find the correlation of tax dollars –> subsidies –> HFCS –> consumers to be interesting. Basically, the government is taking our money and sinking it into investing it into a system that increases farmer reliance on the government itself [gee, that’s handy]. In turn, because we’re producing so much of it, we’ve got to get rid of it somehow. Let’s stuff it into all sorts of places that it has no business to be. Of course, the Corn Refiners’ Association lauds the concept of eating it “in moderation”. But we stick it in everything, because we’ve got so much of it. You can’t eat it in moderation if you’re consuming a typical American diet! So, then we turn around and face lots of healthcare issues that could have been prevented by healthy diet. What do these healthcare issues entail? Greater strain on the healthcare system. Greater cost for the healthcare system. Which means… guess what? The government gets to skife up even more tax dollars to try to fix.
I do love our government. 😉
On a less serious note, we have this spoof of the pro-HFCS ads that the Corn Refiners Association has been throwing out there. One commenter aptly called them passive-aggressive, and I have to say that I agree. They try to label anyone with a bent against HFCS as an uninformed sheep. If being a sheep means that you want to eat something that actually bears some form of resemblance to its natural created form… then by all means, call me a sheep.
And, since they can tell you all of the nitty-gritty nutritional and biological effects in much more detail (and accuracy) than I ever could, I point the skeptics toward an article put out by the Weston A. Price Foundation entitled The Double Danger of High Fructose Corn Syrup.
Oh, and then there’s that recent study that they’ve published that shows how they’ve found mercury in HFCS-sweetened food products. Yep. When they tested certain samples, they found mercury in things like Campbell’s Tomato Soup, Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup, and Heinz Ketchup. I don’t know about you, but these are some of things that we actually… have used. Of course, the CRA is attempting to discredit the study by saying that it is “outdated” and that manufacturers have been using mercury-free HFCS methods for years now. Oh really? Then why is a study conducted in the later part of 2008 finding mercury in foods using HFCS? Why is it even on the shelves? Why are we marketing these items to the population that is most at-risk for mercury damage, mainly – children. I’m really rather curious.
I should really quit ranting before I get into my dislike for AgriBusiness (forget the “culture” in agriculture, folks – we’ve thrown culture out the window like yesterday’s news), the FDA (yeah, their campaign against raw milk with the claim that pasteurization is the only way to safety, is just so incredibly endearing), and our power-hungry federal government… oh, wait. I just came dangerously close to it, didn’t I?
Time to get back to being the responsible in-line young adult and go read my college textbooks.