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Girl Scouts jump anti-agriculture bandwagon

January 23, 2011

National Corn Growers Association
By Cathryn

As Girl Scout cookie sale season launches across the country, the organization is taking back to the streets with a message that leaves a bitter taste in the mouths of agvocates as they take their formerly internal anti-ag messages to our doorsteps.

Last summer, Corn Commentary (Volumes 1 and 2) looked at the blatant hypocrisy inherent in profiting from the sale of cookies that incorporate a myriad of corn products while bashing the farmers who supply them. Now, the Girl Scouts are taking it one step further by offering Shout Outs!, an HFCS-free cookie.  Are they serious? This is still a cookie that has approximately the same fat and calorie content as many of their other options. This is another blatant case of jumping on the anti-HFCS bandwagon without considering either sound science or even the message that this sends about our childhood favorites like Thin Mints and Trefoils?

Prairie Farmer writer Holly Spangler took the Girl Scouts to the mat this time for their continued anti-agriculture stance, citing Corn Commentary while proving her case. Carefully delineating their continued hypocrisy, Spangler asks that each of us speak up as advocates for agriculture and active members of our community. While she does not call for a boycott- fighting cookies as good as Samoas would be futile- she does call for action.

As Holly suggests, contact the Girl Scouts on their official Facebook cookie page or by emailing here. If you need a few HFCS facts, take a look at both pages (8 and 9) of this excellent HFCS story from Farm Progress- Prairie Farmer.

  
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Mrs. Lin January 23, 2011

Anti Agriculture for Avoiding High Fructose Corn Syrup? That’s rich. Do you really believe what you write about, do you laugh when you read it over, or does your pay check make you overlook the truth, and pretend?

Growing one type of plant on a mass scale is asking for massive starvation.

What will happen when an infection, like the Irish Potato Famine, comes along and kills all the corn of the one type we grow?

Grocery Stores will be empty in the middle, and noone will be able to feed off of 99cent bags of chips anymore!

Why grow corn, of one breed, on such a massive scale? Why have giant farms that grow one crop? THis is not sustainable practice.

We must support small farms, in every community, to grow diversified crops.

Otherwise, corn industry supports the starvation of the poorest peoples.

John Fairplay January 23, 2011

Mrs. Lin – are you implying that corn is the only crop grown in the United States? Your rant seems ignorant. If corn disappeared in the United States tomorrow, no American would starve, let alone the “poorest peoples” [sic] who receive massive subsidies from the taxpayer to buy food. America produces – even on “giant farms” – plenty of diverse kinds of food to feed all our people.

I am always saddened to see someone come on a blog of this nature and argue against diversity and freedom. Large corporate farms have precisely the same right to exist and are just as moral as small farms. If you believe otherwise, you are an immoral person who does not believe in diversity.

Jan January 24, 2011

Wow. I should feel flattered by Mrs. Lin’s defense of small farms, and perhaps as a small farm I should be flattered rather than insulted. One type of plant on a mass scale…really? If it was true perhaps it wouldn’t be insulting. There are many varieties of corn, and many types of corn, grown. There is also rice, oats, soy, wheat and many other “mass scale” growing of crops,needed to feed the mass scale people that live away from the food production areas. Those growing mass scale peppers to fill the grocery shelves allow me to grow bull nose, mini bell and other types of peppers. This offers consumers options – choices of what to eat as well as whether to eat.

The production of corn on a “mass scale” means I can purchase corn for my heritage breed chickens without having to have the time or space to grow it myself, so I can focus on what *I* choose to grow. And the reality is – a very small portion of the population wants to support choices or can afford to.

When I travel home to IL I see fields that have been in crops, including corn, for over 40 years. How is that not sustainable? It is unfortunate that among the biggest banner wavers of choice it is followed with eliminating choice. Why grow corn of one breed on a massive scale? The fields I pass it is NOT one breed – it’s many varieties! Why have a giant farm that grows one crop? Because that is what the demand is for, and further it’s for as cheaply as possible.

The corn industry doesn’t support starvation of the poorest of people – but those without the means to purchase alternatives have no alternatives. Those willing to sponsor feeding the “poorest peoples” – have had a link to sponsor that up and none see fit to send sponsors to do that – it changes when farmers want to make a living.

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