My post the other day on a study showing a diet high in fructose caused massive increases in plasma triglycerides received an unusually high number of comments for this blog.
One comment in particular, from Audrae Erickson, corrected me on subsidies given to sugar cane producers vs. corn producers:
Regarding the comment that “large corn-processing companies benefit from subsidies unavailable to conventional sugar cane producers.”
The U.S. government provides support to a number of farm commodities, including sugar cane producers, in order to ensure a stable farm economy and a reliable food supply during periods of market volatility and adverse weather. These payments are paid directly to farmers as a “safety net.” Manufacturers of corn sweeteners and other food ingredients do not receive such payments.
Okay, so I stand corrected in that subsidies are paid to farmers, not corn refiners.
Interestingly, Audrae Erickson is president of the Corn Refiners Association (aptly found at www.corn.org), based in Washington, DC. However, the IP address for the comment came from Littleton, Colorado, not DC, and the e-mail address was for another person at the corn.org domain. So, was someone misrepresenting Ms. Erickson. Could it be a fervent supporter of corn subsidies trying to get my attention in Colorado?
Some folks are unaware that the third of Colorado lying east of the Rockies and a pocket of Western Colorado are robust agricultural country. In fact, Olathe sweet corn from the Western Slope is a highly sought culinary delight throughout the state. However, Littleton is a suburb of Denver lying 300 miles east of Olathe. (Littleton is also known infamously for the Columbine High School shootings.).
So, I remain puzzled.
Did CRA’s president come for a visit here? Or, was it an operative of the CRA masquerading as a suburban Denver corn enthusiast?