Corn is considered one of our nation’s greatest assets, but corn also has many adversaries.There is a vast amount of controversy concerning the production of corn and the use of high fructose corn syrup. Here are just some of the facts.
- Ohio farmers alone, produced 546 million bushels of corn in 2009.
- Corn oil is extracted from the germ of the kernel using a hexane solvent. Hexane is categorized by the EPA as a toxic chemical and hazardous air pollutant. More power to cold pressed oils.
- Corn meal can be used to treat athletes foot, prevent aphids, kill ants and control weeds.
- Corn can be disguised under these names; fructose, maltodextrin, cellulose, dextrin, dextrose and many more. All are highly processed, typically with a load of chemicals.
- Almost all seed corn is now genetically engineered. It is not known for sure what the negative impact is, but on the positive side, it makes corn less vulnerable to pests and disease resulting in a reduction in the amount of pesticides, water and fungicides needed to grow.
- More and more people are developing allergies to corn due to the overuse of corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup and corn products in our foods. It is cheap to produce and therefore widely used.
- Foods containing corn that you may not think of and will not be listed as corn; Peanut butter (thickener), pizza crust, grated cheese (called cellulose, keeps the shreds from sticking together), baking powder, vanilla extract, distilled white vinegar, powdered sugar (keeps it from compacting), hotdogs, sausages and pancake syrup.
- Also found in these products, to name just a few; body powder, vitamins, lotions, toothpaste, many medicines and ointments and in the adhesive in stickers, stamps and envelopes.
- It is a staple in the feed for beef and pork production. So if you are allergic and ever get a headache from a steak…..
Dayton corn connection; Cargil Inc and Cargil Corn Milling Inc, manufactures corn starch, flour and other grain products, flavoring extracts and syrups, preservatives, fragrance additives, corn syrup and food or drug additives. Employs up to 450 people and has an anual revenue of 100 to 500 million.
Leave it to America to find entertainment value from expired corn fields. Corn mazes are a very popular source of fun in the fall months after the fresh corn season is over. Here is a list of Dayton Corn Mazes.