Corn: Now and Then (Infographic)

By Hannah Edwards

Guest writer for Wake Up World

If you’ve ever creeped your way through a corn maze at Halloween, you know how it can grab ahold of your imagination, turning benign stalks into monsters and discarded cobs into severed limbs.

It’s just a trick of the light–but take a look at the ways that the U.S. uses corn, and you’ll see that a holiday thrill isn’t the scariest thing about this product.

It was first subsidized in the late ‘70s as a fossil fuel alternative, but it’s turned out to be inefficient source of fuel. Not only that, ethanol from corn actually increases the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere at a higher rate than gasoline. Yet, the U.S. pays $10 to $30 billion dollars each years in farm subsidies to raise even more of it, with no clear benefit to consumers.

So every time you eat a pound of corn products–which statistics say you will do 37 times over this year alone–remember this graphic, which was created so you can learn stuff about the effects of corn, America’s biggest agricultural product.

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  • Goldbug36

    Additionally, this infographic did not mention that GE corn lowers IQ in our children, reduces fertility in both humans and animals, often resulting in still births, also killing animals fed a corn diet. Monsanto’s GE corn is also cross-pollinating and destroying the heirloom species of maize. It’s all about big money, big profits, Big Pharma and corrupt politics.

  • Doreen Miller

    Not to mention the fact that over 85% of corn grown in the US is genetically modified, which has just been proven in its first (rather belated) long-term study done in France to cause damage to internal organs, tumors and cancer in rats. It’s definitely not something you want to be eating.

  • GRT

    Most sources sited in this are questionable & biased. And to Doreen Miller- that study done in France was retracted for using a stain of rat that is predisposed to tumors (80% of this race develop tumors normally) plus they used too few rats in the study. Here’s the truth: