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Special Report: Impact of corn crops in your daily life
From corn syrup to corn oil, maize is something that you might not think about everyday, but it's something that affects your everyday life. Every year more than three hundred and thirty two million metric tons of corn is grown in the United States alone.
News 5's Ginger ten Bensel takes a closer look at one of Nebraska's top cash crops.
Living in the Corn Belt you might take the sight of corn fields for granted.
But those fields of corn are used for all kinds of everyday items. There are more than 3500 uses for corn.
In the grocery store alone there are more than 2500 items that use corn in some form during the production or processing.
There is corn in ketchup, licorice, shaving cream and shoe polish. You can even find it in dry cell batteries and aspirin.
There are places that corn doesn't grow around the world but the people in those areas are still surrounded with products with corn in them.
According to the national corn growers association approximately eighty percent of all corn grown in the United States is used to feed livestock, and it's also used in poultry and fish production here at home and overseas.
About 12 percent of the corn crop ends up in food items. From instant coffee to peanut butter to Cookies and carbonated drinks. And it also has a number of industrial uses including of course ethanol.
You can even find maize in tire rubber, sparkplugs, plastics and polo shirts.
For more information on the different uses of corn see the documents below:
Holistic Uses of Corn Silk and Corn Meal
The Many Uses For Corn
Uses of Corn Silk
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