The Corn Industry
The majority of food that is consumed by Americans contains corn, high fructose corn syrup, corn-fed meat and corn-based processed food. Corn is found in three out of four supermarket products. There are more than 3,500 different uses for corn products. Corn subsidies in the United States totaled $81.7 billion from 1995 to 2011. Corn draws in more subsidies than wheat, soybeans and rice combined. The average American spends $267 a year on corn products. Americans also consume one-third of all corn produced in the world. The U.S corn crop acreage , put together, would cover all of Germany. Average corn yields have increased 500 percent since 1931, to 147.2 bu/acre from 24.5 bu/acre. In the U.S., it takes 91 gallons of water to produce one pound of corn. Annually, the industry uses 3.5 Long Island sounds to grow crop. Corn products, not including corn syrup, consumed by Americans between 1970 and 2005 increased 20 lbs, to 31.4 lbs from 11.1 lbs. Consumption of corn sweetener in the U.S. increased 387 percent between 1970 and 2005, to 77.4 lbs from 15.9 lbs. High fructose corn syrup costs $0.20 per pound, while cane sugar costs $0.33 per pound which is more expensive, and companies will purchase the cheaper sugar for production. Scientists have proved that fifty percent of the American human biomass, on average, can be traced to corn consumption. They know this because of corn's unique carbon signature. In conclusion, these facts about the corn industry’s place in the U.S show how dependent Americans are on corn.