High fructose corn syrup is unhealthy consumed in large quantities. Studies from Princeton University in 2010 indicated that its consumption can lead to abnormally high level of fat and high cholesterol. It is also bad for the environment because it requires a lot of corn to be grown, which leads to pesticide use and mono-cropping. Pesticides drain into the groundwater, and mono-cropping depletes the soil of nutrients.
On the environmental side, high fructose corn syrup, is, of course, made from corn, which requires large amounts of nitrogen to grow. It requires the use of nitrogen fertilizer, which, when it runs off, can pollute the water. In humans, consuming too much high fructose corn syrup is connected with weight gain, even more than table sugars.
in terms of the environment, most US corn made into high fructose corn syrup is grown in large scale monocultural settings in the central portion of the US.
Native pariries were displaced in order to form this crop land. such praires have the potential to sequester more carbon in the form of plant material and topsoil, and provide food and habitat for a diverse array of plants, animals, insects and fungi. by turning prairie into mono-crop land, the specific kind of productivity allowed for in a prairie ecosystem is lost.
intensive fertilization is recquired. nitrates in such fertilizers are erived from atomospheric N2 via the haber-bosch process which is incredibly energy intensive. and primarily driven by fossil fuels. the addition of calcium, phosphates and potassium fertilizers are also industrial processes which involve strip mining and intensive manufacturing which is driven by fossil fuels.
the machines which admister the fertilizers, till the soil, plant and harvest the corn and the factories which process it into high-fructose corn syrup, and the transportation infrastrucutre which ships it around the world, are all primarily operated with gasoline, deisal and natural gas as well.
the process of tilling the millions of acres of US corn fields results in the oxidation of hundreds of thousands of pounds of carbanacious soil. the oxidized carbon is most commonly in the form of CO2 a well known “greenhouse gas”.
monoculture cropping has displace intricate and ecologically intimate forms of farming and gardening around the world. some argue that this has had a dramtic influence on the displacement of people, and an increase in the general suffering and dissolution of traditional peoples and cultures the world over.
In addition to the aforementioned, a study conducted in 2009 found that approximately half of 20 tested samples containing high-fructose corn syrup also had detectable levels of mercury in them. This contamination is caused by the “mercury-cell” technology used in the production processes of HFCS foods and drinks, such as caustic soda. “Dairy products, dressings, and condiments” were the most common type of HFCS-food found with mercury.
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