"We don't need farms anymore because we have supermarkets now."
-4th-grade student, EcoCity Cleveland, Vol. 4, No.6/7 Sept/Oct 1996
There are more than 3,500 different uses for corn products. Many new products are replacing environmentally harmful materials, like petroleum, with cornstarch and other corn based substances.
Used to improve printability, cornstarch is in nearly every piece of paper and most packaging. Each ton of paper produced uses 28 pounds of cornstarch!
The following are only a few of the many products corn growers help to produce!
(Product list from the National Corn Growers Association)
| Food Uses|
Alcoholic Beverages Breads Breakfast cereals Catsup Chewing Gum Chocolate Drinks Cornstarch Frostings and Icings Ice Cream Flour Salad Dressing Soft Drinks Soups
Industrial Uses |
Adhesives Antibiotics Batteries Dyes Enzymes Explosives Insulation Paint Paper Plastic Soap Textiles Vitamins
|| Are any of the products listed above produced near your home? Do you think these products would exist without farms?||
|| Do you think supermarkets can replace farms? Why or why not?|