America's Obesity Crisis:Agriculture: The Corn Connection

The U.S. produces so much corn so cheaply that Americans have become quite clever at inventing uses for it, from fuel to power cars and trucks to the polymers in plastics. But most of all, we eat it. Our cats and dogs eat it. Even the cattle, chicken, hogs and fish that we eat eat it. In the form of high-fructose corn syrup, it is cheaper than sugar and as ubiquitous as advertising. Harvesting about 286 million tons of corn a year is no accident. It's U.S. industrial policy.

But is the obesity epidemic an unintended consequence of that policy?


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