The Corn Mafia Is At It Again

pic credit: Natalie Dee

Do you feel like shit? I know I do. I could blame the horrible traffic situation in DC but that's an easy out. I could blame drinking too much Flying Dog. I could blame choosing writing as a career (protip: the shit doesn't pay, yo).

But a more likely cause is our toxic environment.

They put corn in our gasoline and gasoline in our food. Does that make sense to anyone? When I lived in California, I'd have to stare at Prop 65 signs everywhere warning me that my environment was known to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm. Not might, HAD and probably COULD. My lymph nodes throbbed. WTF.

The Corn Mafia wants to keep burning up the shit in gas tanks and in things it has no business being in (like most grocery store cat foods - but I won't make this a lecture on feeding your cats an actual meat diet free of fillers like corn), but the deception is wearing thin.

Surely you've seen the Corn Sugar ads. This big toothy chick (who I think was also in a birth control ad - another lobby in and of itself that we'll save for another day) talks about how she too suspected high fructose syrup which shall not be named was bad but then she did the research. She doesn't say what research she did but it led her to discover that sugar is sugar.

As AP reports, the FDA doesn't like the Corn Refiners Assocation's use of the words "corn sugar" as an alternative to "high fructose corn syrup." 

The Corn Refiners Association wants to use "corn sugar" as an alternative name for the widely used liquid sweetener currently labeled as high fructose corn syrup on most sodas and packaged foods. They're attempting an image makeover after some scientists linked the product to obesity, diabetes and other health problems; some food companies now tout products that don't contain the ingredient.

Keep in mind the CRA (ha, it's like the NRA but with corn cobs instead of shotgun shells) is basically a "trade group" (read: lobbying organization) that just dropped $20 to $30 million on an 18 month public relations and advertising campaign to rebrand high fructose corn syrup into "corn sugar."

The FDA, apparently, did not find this to be entertainment:

"We request that you re-examine your websites and modify statements that use the term 'corn sugar' as a synonym for (high fructose corn syrup)," an FDA director wrote to the Corn Refiners Association.

As of Thursday, two months after the letter was sent, none of that wording had been changed.

A Corn Refiners Association spokeswoman told the AP that they are currently reviewing their materials and will make changes if necessary.

"We do not believe that anyone could be confused or believe that the statements regarding 'corn sugar' on the websites refer to anything other than high fructose corn syrup," she wrote in an email.

And the CRA spokeswoman can say that with a straight face because it is written very clearly on their website:

The term ‘corn sugar’ today is an FDA approved alternate label name for dextrose, a corn-based sweetener that contains no fructose. When we use the phrase ‘corn sugar,’ we are using it to describe high fructose corn syrup as a form of sugar made from corn.

Someone should co-opt Corn Sugar as a porn term and take it away from them.

Anyway, the member companies that make up the CRA (find more info at - ha, I'm trying not to laugh - are as follows:

Archer Daniels Midland Company
Cargill, Incorporated
Corn Products International, Inc./National Starch (I have never heard of that company but BWHAHAHA now that I have... "National Starch?" Fuck, you guys are funny)
Penford Products Co.
Roquette America, Inc.
Tate & Lyle Americas

I see some familiar suspects in there...

Here is a chart of all the crap these guys make. Among said crap, "Starch Products" like "unmodified, food" and "unmodified, industrial," whatever that is. Sounds like some fucking cattle kibble, which shows the level of regard these people have for our well-being. Some also make carbon dioxide (what?) and "Corn fiber food/industrial ingredients" - what the fuck is THAT?

They also pump out Xanthan gum (which you will find in lots of weird places like ice cream, make-up and salad dressing), which human bodies were probably never equipped to digest. Look around, America. See what the cattle kibble has done to you?

A Xanthan gum "thickener" was recalled after the FDA became aware of 15 illnesses, of which two led to death. But they didn't say the deaths were due to Xanthan gum, which is basically a byproduct of bacteria feeding off corn sugar. Vomit, and we eat that?!

FDA first learned of bad side effects possibly linked to SimplyThick on May 13, 2011. Silverman says he was alerted by two reports in FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting system. He followed up with the physicians who filed those reports and subsequently with a network of other neonatologists.

Karl Klontz, M.D., a medical officer in FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, says the severity and scope of the problem soon became apparent. To date, the agency is aware of 15 cases of NEC, including two deaths, involving premature infants who were fed SimplyThick mixed with mothers’ breast milk or infant formula products. The mixture was fed to infants for varying amounts of time.

At least four different medical centers around the U.S. have reported the illness in infants who became sick over the past six months.

This situation is unusual because NEC most often occurs in babies while they are in the hospital early in their premature course. But some of the ill babies that FDA is aware of got sick after they had been discharged from the hospital and sent home on a feeding regimen that included SimplyThick.

At this time it is not known what about SimplyThick is making babies sick. FDA is actively investigating the link between SimplyThick and these illnesses and deaths.

Xanthan gum is also the secret to Starbucks Frappuccinos, according to Consumerist. Who wants corn in their fucking coffee? Sorry, it's not corn, it's bacteria burps made from digesting corn and tweaked in a lab. That's delicious.

Want to see what they've got loaded with high fructose corn syrup, er, corn sugar? Here's a pretty good list.

The Corn Mafia wants to make sure there is enough cattle kibble to go around so they spend a lot of time, energy and money lobbying for their cause. Obviously the toothless FDA isn't going to stop them with a silly letter about wording. I guess that's the FDA's way of trying to appear to give a rat's ass about this mass poisoning.

So these CRA guys also make - surprise - ethanol, which is ruining our car engines (buy American! Every three years!).

Are you completely outraged yet? I don't even like corn that much. I like bacon, is there corn in bacon? I better be careful what I say, I hear these people are not to be messed with and would hate for the Corn Refiners Association rats to start harassing me over these comments.

Here's the ad if you haven't already seen it (the Corn Refiners Association YouTube account does not allow embedding). I'm sure you have already watched it if you own a TV.

THEY ARE KILLING US. Wake up. And they don't care, because now there aren't enough jobs to warrant feeding us cattle kibble anymore.

Jr Deputy Accountant

Some say he’s half man half fish, others say he’s more of a seventy/thirty split. Either way he’s a fishy bastard.


pinkyswear said...

Maybe as big a health threat as tobacco but so pervasive that choking HFCS off or even tamping it down would be an extra national economic wreck.

Ask most Americans how willing they'd be to give up processed foods and they'd laugh in your face.

True story, when I switched my eldest cat from the Friskies (death sentence) to a more natural diet (Wellness dry and wet food as well as raw goodies like livers and bacon which the two young cats love), she hated it. Why? 14 years of processed garbage is a hard habit to break. Sure it's noses and bone marrow and cow ass, but to her it was a way of life.

The cattle would rather eat cow ass and bacteria burps than have to think for themselves and actually cook or create something nourishing.

Anonymous said...

Calm down. Take a deep breath. High fructose corn syrup is sugar from corn. Read what the American Medical Association and American Dietetic Association have to say.

You must be a hack for the Corn Industrial Complex, anonymous.

Do you mean the same ADA that counts Cargill brands among its corporate sponsors?

August 27, 2007:

Cargill announced today that it has become a Premier Sponsor of the American Dietetic Association (ADA). Cargill’s CoroWise™ brand of plant sterols will be featured prominently in various ADA materials throughout the two-year sponsorship.

“ADA welcomes this new relationship with Cargill and the CoroWise™ brand,” said registered dietitian and ADA President, Connie B. Diekman. “As a result of the CoroWise™ brand’s Premier Sponsorship, ADA members will be able to receive information and educational tools they can use in working with clients and patients who are interested in cholesterol-lowering options,” she said.

“The registered dietitians role is consultative in nature. Providing ADA members with information about CoroWise™ and the benefits of plant sterols is a win-win for our customers and those consumers seeking dietary options to reduce their risk of heart disease,” said Pam Stauffer, Marketing Programs Manager, Cargill.

Well shit, if I take advertising money from someone, I'm not allowed to talk smack about them, am I?

I'd love to know how much Cargill paid for that coveted Premier Sponsorship but I guess we'll never find out since they're a private company.

WindyD said...

The American Dietetic Association is sponsored by soft drink, candy, and snack food corporations:

This organization is trying to monopolize nutritional advice so that only the "ADA" can give out information about nutrition. Think about that: only soft drink organizations can give out nutritional information. Scary, isn't it?

And does anyone really believe that Audrae Erickson and the corn refiner leaders really consume that artificial red drink from their commercials, and give it to their own children?

When we give up the fast/processed food addictions, then we will be able to see and think more clearly. I don't even see the fast food restaurants anymore--in addition to not wanting their trash food.