Tuesday, September 1, 2009

What's the Buzzzzzzz?

Heat forms toxic substance in corn syrups
(UPI.com, August 31 2009)

Heat Forms Potentially Harmful Substance In High-fructose Corn Syrup, Bee Study Finds (Science Daily, August 26, 2009)

Many articles are reporting that "colony collapse" is occurring and it is directly related to a toxic substance that is found in HFCS when it is exposed to high temperatures. According to both the above linked news story, as well as a host of others, at least 1/3rd of the U.S. honeybee population has died as a result of this issue.

Some of the articles ask readers to consider how, if it can kill honey bees, HFCS may be having a negative health impact on us. Another concern I have is more of a long term evolutionary development... if our honeybee population is vastly reduced, how will the role they play in all sorts of natural processes be carried out?

HoneyBee Decline (2007 Science Daily article on Colony Collapse Disorder and the potential outcome)

And maybe this is a stupid question, but if people bake and cook with products containing HFCS with great regularity, is that toxic substance also an issue? Baking and cooking regularly involves temperatures in excess of 120 degrees Fahrenheit....

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