by Sarah Andert
Last night between Project Runway and Top Designers, I witnessed a somewhat shocking commercial. The commercial showed a couple having a picnic in a park. The girlfriend holds a popsicle up for dessert and asks the boyfriend to try it. Eve and her poison apple....
The boyfriend says "no thanks, that's got high-fructose corn syrup in it." So the girl says, "so that means what?" (and after a pause she says) "That... it's got corn in it?" And the boyfriend shrugs while the girl hands it to him.
SCARY!!! Hm.. What's wrong with high-fructose corn syrup? For starters, it seems to make people fat, it's a substitute for other real, natural flavoring, it leads to the overproduction of corn and monocrop agriculture and not even real corn, but genetically modified strains of corn that are nutritionally empty and in some extreme cases, not even edible in their natural form.
Did you know that large seed companies like Monsanto (that supply large-scale industrial farmers with seed to grow the corn for massive ready supplies of high-fructose corn syrup) actually genetically modify the seed so that it commits suicide each year and must be purchased over and over? Yeah, farmers aren't allowed to save their seeds. Also, the large seed companies spent billions of dollars each year suing small farmers who accidentally grow some of these strains due to genetic drift as the seeds blow into their fields and they don't know it.
It took them a long time, but now the Corn Refiners Association is fighting back and that's almost scarier than Sarah Palin. I can't wait to see what Michael Pollan has to say about this. For more info, check out this article.