Why are the sales of corn syrup dropping?
The high-fructose corn syrup used in sugary sodas is linked to obesity, and as people have become more health-conscious, they have been shifting away from them. The amount of corn devoted to the sweetener this year will fall to its lowest level since 1997, according to a Jan. 15 projection by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Is weight gain the only unhealthy consequence of consuming soda?
A truck crash in Reading , Pa., took soda-related health concerns to a whole new level. Just before 1 a.m. Tuesday, a tractor-trailer carrying 2-liter bottles of soda crashed with another truck, spilling soda across U.S. Route 422. The beverage promptly froze, creating such a dangerously slick surface that the road had to be closed for more than five hours.
What new pest is threatening corn crops in the Midwest?
It's not a new pest; it's an old pest with a twist. Ringworms in Illinois, Iowa and likely four other states have become resistant to an insecticide produced by Monsanto Co. corn, the Environmental Protection Agency said. Rootworms caused about $1 billion a year in crop damages and pesticide bills until seeds with built-in insecticide were developed a decade ago.