Modern society begs for cheap and convenient products. As an alternative to sugar, high fructose corn syrup in America is cheaper to obtain (due to the poor climate for raising sugar) and more convenient (given its liquid form). Despite these traits, HFCS has contributed largely to the obesity epidemic in the United States.
According to a graph by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (ajcn.org):
--From 1973 to 2000, the consumption of HFCS each day for Americans grew from less than 10 grams per day to over 80 grams per day.
--From 1973 to 2000, the percentage of Americans classified as obese grew from less than 14% to over 23% obese.
This petition aims to persuade Congress to place a tax on HFCS in order to:
--Generate a significant revenue
--Persuade Americans to eat healthier due to increased prices on "junk food."
--Decrease caloric sweetener consumption overall in the United States, a major cause of the obesity epidemic.