11 Wild Facts About Corn In America

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The Midwest drought has sent corn prices skyrocketing, while ruining a year’s worth of work for corn farmers in America’s heartland.To show how dependent Americans are on corn, we put together 11 insane facts about the crop and its place in the U.S. economy.

As you’ll see, corn is astonishingly ubiquitous, and has only become more so as sugar cane has been replaced by high fructose corn syrup.

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title=”Corn is found in 3 out of 4 supermarket products; there are more than 3,500 different uses for corn products”
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title=”The average American spends $267 a year on corn products”
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title=”U.S. corn crop acreage, put together, would cover all of Germany”
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title=”Average corn yields have increased 500 per cent since 1931, to 147.2 bu/acre from 24.5 bu/acre”
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title=”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 crops”
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title=”Corn products (excluding corn syrup) consumed by Americans between 1970 and 2005 increased 20 lbs, to 31.4 lbs from 11.1 lbs”
content=”Source: USDA
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title=”Corn subsidies in the United States totaled $81.7 billion from 1995-2011. Corn draws in more subsidies than wheat, soybeans and rice combined”
content=”Source: Environmental Working Group
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title=”Consumption of corn sweetener in the U.S. increased 387 per cent between 1970 and 2005, to 77.4 lbs from 15.9 lbs”
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title=”High fructose corn syrup costs $0.20 per pound, while cane sugar costs $0.33 per pound”
content=”Source: Beverage Watch via LiveStrong.com
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title=”50 per cent of the American human biomass, on average, can be traced to corn consumption. We know this thanks to corn’s unique carbon signature”
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title=”For more on corn fields…”
content=”…Click here to see our personal tour of a Midwest corn farm ruined by the drought
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