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Urge Congress to Tax High Fructose Corn Syrup

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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.


Letter to
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
President of the United States
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):
http://www.ajcn.org/cgi/content/full/79/4/537/F1

--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.

The American People urge you to take action against the dangerously delicious substance which, being cheap and convenient, has made its way into two-thirds of food products in this country. Consumption has grown to 70 lbs. of HFCS per year. This unbridled expansion of sugary products is an obvious contributor to the obesity epidemic in this country. We are facing a serious problem: six states have obesity rates equal to or greater than 30% in adults (Alabama, Mississippi, Oklahoma, West Virginia, South Carolina, and Tennessee), and 32 states have the same, equal to or greater than 25% of the population.

A tax on high fructose corn syrup would:

--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.

It is easier and cheaper to buy sodas and fast foods than to pay for and prepare a truly healthy meal. You have the power to reverse the trend by taxing HFCS.