A Bushel of Surprises


Okay, the title is cheesy. In fact, I’m a little disgusted by it. However, it’s fitting. Many people don’t realize it, but corn really is full of surprises. Products containing corn surround you. You couldn’t begin to guess all the random things corn is used to create. Today, I’m going to list off a few of the lesser-known items containing corn.

Firecrackers
Yup, corn is a common ingredient of explosives. Just about any 4th of July firecracker you find some how has corn involved.
Wallpaper
Corn is used in the adhesives of wall-paper, and some even contain corn in the paper itself.
Cosmetics
Corn cobs can serve as a plant-based, low-powder base for cosmetics.
Paint
The resin that serves as a base for many types of paints is actually created by processing of corn cobs.
Toothpaste
A corn-derived substance is used to thicken toothpaste.
Packing Peanuts
Any bio-degradable packing peanuts (or other bio-degradable “styrofoam” goods) are made with corn.
Obviously, corn is valuable for many reasons. While it’s a staple crop for the worldwide food industry, it has several valuable uses outside of edible goods. Many of the things we take for granted in day-to-day life are available because of corn.
So, next time you walk through your room with beautiful wall-paper, brush your teeth, send a package, do your make-up, or celebrate Independence Day, thank a farmer. Just like so many other things in life, they helped make these simple joys possible.
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