If you rename Zyklon B, is it any less lethal? If a politician "misspeaks," is it any less a "lie?" Is a "pre-owned vehicle" any less a "used car?" And for those with "issues," are they any less a "problem?"
The Corn Refiners Association has expressed the desire to change the name of high-fructose corn syrup after scientists linked the product to an array of medical problems. More important, other products have started to advertise that their offerings do not contain the syrup which goes into an enormous panorama of soft drunks and other foods. That advertising and a growing public awareness mean lost income for the corn refiners' constituency.
What to do, what to do???!!!
I know -- we'll change the name to "corn sugar."
The Food and Drug Administration to which the corn refiners made their request last year is probably a year away from a decision. You can imagine that in future, products containing "high-fructose corn syrup" will no longer do so ... although, of course, they will contain "corn sugar."
Let's not let the "Department of Defense," once called the "War Department," get the best of us.
Let's not let "sharing" and "compassion" and "enlightenment" pull the wool over our eyes.