Getting corny: Video responses to the Corn Refiners’ HFCS campaign

Things have been far too serious around here lately, what with all these petitions and dire reports. Fortunately, a writer on Tufts' Comfood list-serv (yes, we poach lots of good ideas from there) has alerted us to a very fun way to waste some time and laugh, too: the anti-high fructose corn syrup ads that outraged eaters have made and uploaded to YouTube, in response to the Corn Refiners Association's multi-million-dollar ad campaign in support of the industrially made sweetener. (See Debra's July guest post about the campaign.) Here's one of the nauseating official ads being spoofed.

Even Curt Ellis and Ian Cheney, the "King Corn" guys, have gotten into the act — with, of course, by far the best production values:

Ellis and Cheney have a new film out, "The Greening of Southie," which looks terrific. It's about a visionary development team trying to erect a radically "green building" on the rugged streets of South Boston, and the construction workers who aren't so sure they like bamboo flooring, dual-flush toilets, etc. Check out the website for screenings and DVD orders.

Update #2: Curt Ellis has just posted a funny explanation over at Civil Eats, Slow Food's a new blog, of why they made the video.

3 Responsesto “Getting corny: Video responses to the Corn Refiners’ HFCS campaign”

  1. Red Icculus says:

    HFCS disgusts me.  We are trying to avoid it in the house at all costs.  The only thing worse than HFCS in food would be a malt liquor made from the stuff.

  2. Liz says:

    There was a great article this week in USA Today about new research pertaining to high fructose corn syrup. Check it out here: http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2008-12-08-fructose-corn-syrup_N.htm
    -Liz on behalf of the Corn Refiners Association

  3. Red Icculus says:

    Why am I not surprised that the HFCS spin lobby showed up here?