Corn Pone and Politics

Cornstarch is a fine, powdery starch produced by grinding, washing, and drying the endosperm of the corn until it reaches that powdery state. Cornstarch is gluten-free. It is also a staple that has become a lightning rod in corn politics. The Washington Post reported back in 2011:

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants to shove more ethanol into your gas tank. Obama administration bureaucrats have signed off on a crony-capitalist scheme to boost the corn content of gasoline from 10 percent to 15 percent. This serves absolutely no purpose beyond enriching farm-state agribusiness giants. In fact, it may even result in the voiding of millions of new-car warranties.

Nice to know that the gift—which, according to legend, soon-to-be-subjugated Native Americans introduced to the early American settlers—has became such a pop-corn-troversy. But back in 1910, Duryeas’ Corn Starch spokesperson was not bedeviled by the political and business implications of the lovely little kernels. Hmmm hmmm hmmm.

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