CBS News got the farmer's ire up last night at 6:30 EST. The story was going OK but they were showing obese women crying because of their situation.
I am thinking, all our jobs were shipped overseas, you have a cheap food policy and wonder why Americans are obese. I have been to China and Europe, you don't see any fat people there to speak of. They still have jobs and they don't drive 20 miles to WalMart to shop.
Look at our freight transportation. Do you know many skinny truck drivers? They sit in the cab all hours of the day and night shipping our cheap food and foreign built items. They have little to do but grab a sandwich and just drive.
Then the story really goes south. They attack High Fructose Corn Syrup as a major contributor to obesity in this country. I don't drink pop but I am still overweight. It's more than corn syrup, a major ingredient in soda pop and many processed foods. It's our consumptive lifestyle that is the culprit. A lack of discipline and lack of hard work doesn't help either.
Then they really make me mad! They show that corn farmers get a measly 56 billion dollars for corn subsidies so we can have that cheap food for Americans who have no job that was shipped overseas! All in the name of profit, too.
Those people couldn't farm a day if they had to!
Our leaders just wrote bills for SEVEN TRILLION dollars and that 56 billion would save the country? Did these journalists have to study economics and if so, who was their teacher?
It wasn't Paul Friedman.
LuAnn asks why do you watch this trash when you know it is all wrong? I admit I can't stand Katie Couric, the NY princess. Charlie Gibson was no better. Brian Williams is smarter but is on a poor team. CBS has the team to portray their sales pitch in graphic form, like that crying, obese girl.
I like to see what others are seeing as they become brainwashed. Maybe I shouldn't watch.
"Field corn is the predominant corn type grown in the U.S., and it is primarily used for animal feed. Currently, less than 10 percent of the U.S. field corn crop is used for direct domestic human consumption in corn-based foods such as corn meal, corn starch, and corn flakes, while the remainder is used for animal feed, exports, ethanol production, seed, and industrial uses. Sweet corn, both white and yellow, is usually consumed as immature whole-kernel corn by humans and also as an ingredient in other corn-based foods, but makes up only about 1 percent of total U.S. corn production.
Since U.S. ethanol production uses field corn, the most direct impact of increased ethanol production should be on field corn prices and on the price of food products based on field corn. However, even for those products heavily based on field corn, the effect of rising corn prices is dampened by other market factors. For example, an 18-ounce box of corn flakes contains about 12.9 ounces of milled field corn. When field corn is priced at $2.28 per bushel (the 20-year average), the actual value of corn represented in the box of corn flakes is about 3.3 cents (1 bushel = 56 pounds). (The remainder is packaging, processing, advertising, transportation, and other costs.) At $3.40 per bushel, the average price in 2007, the value is about 4.9 cents. The 49-percent increase in corn prices would be expected to raise the price of a box of corn flakes by about 1.6 cents, or 0.5 percent, assuming no other cost increases.
In 1985, Coca-Cola shifted from sugar to corn syrup in most of its U.S.-produced soda, and many other beverage makers followed suit (see “High-Fructose Corn Syrup Usage May Be Leveling Off” in this issue). Currently, about 4.1 percent of U.S.-produced corn is made into high-fructose corn syrup. A 2-liter bottle of soda contains about 15 ounces of corn in the form of high-fructose corn syrup. At $3.40 per bushel, the actual value of corn represented is 5.7 cents, compared with 3.8 cents when corn is priced at $2.28 per bushel. Assuming no other cost increases, the higher corn price in 2007 would be expected to raise soda prices by 1.9 cents per 2-liter bottle, or 1 percent. These are notable changes in terms of price measurement and inflation, but relatively minor changes in the average household food budget. " from USDA
So little of our crop goes to syrup, though that syrup IS concentrated.
This makes CBS totally misleading the American Public once more.