I thought I would share a little background on corn in the United States. When we see how much is produced, how much money is made and the tremendous amount of products in which corn or a corn derivitive is used - it's easy to see how difficult life with a corn allergy can be.
* Corn accounts for more than 90% of total value and production of feed grains
* 80 million acres of land is devoted to corn farming - that's approximately 125,000 square miles - which is an area slightly larger than the state of New Mexico.
* In 2007, the total gained from American corn exports was $11.2 billion.
* Approximately 332 million mentric tons of corn are grown anually in the United States.
"* Of 10,000 items in a typical grocery store, at least 2,500 use corn in some form during production or processing.
* Your bacon and egg breakfast, glass of milk at lunch, or hamburger for supper were all produced with US corn.
* Besides food for human and livestock consumption, corn is used in paint, paper products, cosmetics, tires, fuel, plastics, textiles, explosives, and wallboard – among other things." www.csmonitor.com/2002/1031/p17s01-lihc.html