Thursday, May 6, 2010

Corn subsidy gone too far

High fructose corn syrup leads to obesity, disease

In March, Congress passed the National Heath Care bill. This means that the health care conversation is over, right? Unfortunately, no, it's not.

Whether you support the bill or not, we are far from being out of the woods. While we have reformed the way that we pay for health care in America and who is eligible, we are not necessarily healthier: we are still faced with a growing obesity epidemic and the rise of chronic diseases.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, a majority of deaths in the U. S. are linked to chronic diseases and approximately one-in-three adults are overweight. Not only are these conditions costly to treat, they also have exterior negative impacts on our economy: a diagnosis of either will most certainly diminish one's ability to work. While there are many ways to address this issue, I'm going to focus on one specific area of concern: the corn industry.

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