September 8th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland are among a group of U.S. food companies that have filed a lawsuit against a sugar industry trade group over what they claim are ‘unfair’ statements made about high fructose corn syrup.
Read More:Corn Syrup Manufacturers Sue Sugar Industry Over ‘Unfair’ Statements
May 17th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
More evidence shows that excessive sugar consumption leads to health problems as new research published in the Journal of Physiology shows a strong connection between sugar and the brain’s ability to learn and remember.
Read More:New Research Finds Sugar Decreases Critical Brain Function, The Right Fat Boosts It
September 27th, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
According to a recent report published by the California Public Interest Research Group titled “Apples to Twinkies: Comparing Federal Subsidies of Fresh Produce and Junk Food,” between 1995 and 2010 nearly $17 billion worth of federal subsidies supported the corn and soy industries—primarily the production of genetically modified high fructose corn syrup and soy oil—ingredients common in junk and fast food items instead of funding healthy fruits, vegetables or whole grains.
Read More:Apples or Twinkies: Could Farm Subsidy Cuts Actually Make Americans Healthier?
September 25th, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
Despite urgings from the FDA to the corn industry to discontinue using the term “corn sugar” in place of “high fructose corn syrup,” at least two corn industry websites (cornsugar.com and sweetsurprise.com) are still using the term.
Read More:HFCS ‘Corn Sugar’ Rebrand Continues As Corn Industry Ignores FDA Warnings
August 26th, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
A proposal by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to decrease rising obesity rates through a ban on using food stamps to purchase soda and other sugar-laden drinks was rejected by the USDA.
Read More:USDA to New York City: Sugary Sodas are Food!
May 2nd, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
Widespread efforts by the American corn industry to rebrand the controversial sweetener high fructose corn syrup as “corn sugar” has led outraged sugar farmers to file a lawsuit.
Read More:‘Corn Sugar’ Claims Land High Fructose Corn Syrup Industry in Court
February 19th, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
2011 has not been off to the most effervescent start for the soda industry. The latest fizzle comes by way of a recent study presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference, suggesting that daily diet soda drinkers have at least a 60 percent increased risk of having a stroke or heart attack compared with non-soda drinkers.
Read More:New Study Shows Diet Sodas Increase Stroke Risk
April 20th, 2009 - Gerald "Gerry" Pugliese
We know global warming is heating the planet, raising sea levels, drowning polar bears and screwing with the weather, but now it’s threatening our breakfast.
If you eat pancakes, you probably love drowning them in maple syrup, hopefully pure organic maple syrup and not the brand name stuff cut with water and high fructose corn syrup.
Here’s the problem, hotter temperatures are smothering sugar maple trees in the United States:
It is the 3˚ to 10˚ F warming predicted over the next century by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that may doom the sugar maple in the northeastern U.S.
Even the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concedes that the sugar maple will not survive the century in New England. It’s Climate Action Report from 2002 notes “climate change is likely to cause long-term shifts in forest species, such as sugar maples moving north out of the country.”
In other words, it is not a question of if the sugar maple will disappear, it is a question of when. Such shifts of species have taken place gradually in the past, over hundreds of years, allowing adaptation, but not in this case.
Sugar maples aren’t the only living things being edged out by climate change. Global warming could cause drought starving 3 billion people, wipe out 75% of Antarctic’s penguin colonies and a temperature increase of just 2 degrees will annihilate kangaroos.
Via The Daily Climate.
Read More:Climate Change Could Drain Maple Syrup