Corn Syrup Dispute

by Emily Baird on May 25, 2010 at 7:35 am

High fructose corn syrup is an important by-product of the corn crop, but some companies are thinking of replacing that ingredient with a cane sugar substitute in some of its products.

"There’s been some research, and it’s disputed by some, that high fructose corn syrup has led to some obesity problems here in the country, " says Mark Mechling of the OSU Extension Program.

That switch could prove to be a big deal for farmers, especially in Ohio where it’s ranked seventh in the country for corn production

"It makes it less marketable. It basically reduces some demand, not a lot of demand, but some demand. The bottom line for farmers is they probably wouldn’t get as much per bushel, " says Mechling.

Mechling says in the long-run that could potentially lead to less corn production. So, he says the Ohio Corn Growers Association is lobbing to keep high fructose corn syrup in these products to prevent a huge blow to farmers