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Priority Issues FAQ


  1. Indirect Land Use: what is it and how is IL Corn involved?
  2. Is Illinois Corn participating in the animal welfare discussion? Does Illinois Corn oppose the efforts of the Humane Society of the US and PeTA?
  3. I'm not sure if high fructose corn syrup is good or bad for me. Can you tell me more?

  1. Indirect Land Use: what is it and how is IL Corn involved?

    Indirect Land Use is an unproven idea that has been included as a concept in the Renewable Fuels Standard 2. Trying to speak simply, the US EPA has decided that corn-based ethanol production requires the conversion of more acres to corn production, those acres used to be soybean production and now soybeans must be grown elsewhere, and Brazilians are tearing down the Amazon rainforest in order to grow those additional soybeans.

    The end result is that corn-based ethanol is penalized in federal rulemaking for the environmental impact of tearing down the Amazon rainforest.

    This concept has very little science behind it. Illinois Corn has been actively fighting the idea, explaining that acres are not being converted to corn production, that corn-based ethanol is not responsible for tearing down the Amazon rainforest, and that this concept should not be the basis for federal policy until more science can be performed.

    To read more about the Renewable Fuels Standard 2, click here.

  2. Is Illinois Corn participating in the animal welfare discussion? Does Illinois Corn oppose the efforts of the Humane Society of the US and PeTA?

    While livestock groups are primarily leading the charge against animal extremists like the Humane Society of the US and PeTA, Illinois Corn supports the livestock industry and believes in their freedom to farm.

    See more about the ways that Illinois Corn currently works with the livestock industry here.

  3. I'm not sure if high fructose corn syrup is good or bad for me. Can you tell me more?

    High fructose corn syrup, or HFCS, is simply the naturally occurring sugar in the corn kernel, pulled out and used as a sweetener in processed foods. By comparison, table sugar is the naturally occurring sugar in the sugar cane plant, pulled out and processed into the sugar that you recognize.

    Studies show that your body processed HFCS and table sugar exactly the same and that HFCS doesn’t contribute to obesity any more than any other sugar does.

    Visit Sweet Surprise, Sweet Scam, or Corn Sugar.com to learn the facts about high fructose corn syrup.

 
 
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