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Published on September 20th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe


The Trouble with Corn Subsidies

Corn and Health

Corn first received heavy subsidies back in the 70s when we first started using it to make alternative fuels like ethanol. Since then, corn subsidies have strongly influenced our food system to the detriment of our health.

What’s so bad about corn? It’s not corn kernels in your salad or a corn on the cob with your supper that’s the problem. The problem with corn is that, like soy, there are so many highly processed corn ingredients in our food, like high fructose corn syrup. As the infographic below points out, the average chicken nugget has 37 ingredients, and 30 of them are corn-derived. Ick!

The reason that processed corn is such a popular food additive is that it’s cheap, and that’s thanks in no small part to corn subsidies. Check out the infographic below from Learn Stuff to see how corn became so ubiquitous in our food supply and why this is bad news for our health and for the planet.

Corn Health Infographic

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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .

2 Responses to The Trouble with Corn Subsidies

  1. Scott says:

    Thanks so much! Another great resource is King Corn (documentary). Super hectic.

  2. Pingback: Keepin’ It Real (with Real Food) « Amy Croan MPH

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