I'm not one to press people on issues that I believe in and I don't really consider myself a controversial writer. And while I am opinionated, I don't throw it down your throat. However, when something someone does is just wrong and it affects my family and friends – that's when I feel I have to get involved.
Recently, I had a guest post on MommyBKnowsBest about the dangers of high fructose corn syrup and the awful things that it can do (and does) to our bodies. Last month at the Type-A-Mom blogger's conference the Corn Refiners Association launched their new name, "Corn Sugar"...along with some blogger gifts, er, bribes.
Which I promptly threw out.
It's great that the CRA (Corn Refiners Association) is giving HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) another chance and changing the name so people won't associate it with the bad rap that it's gotten...or is it???
Giving the product a new name, large advertising dollars, and even outreach efforts to Mom Bloggers doesn't make the product any different. It's funny how CRA and even some big public relations companies are underestimating the intelligence of moms and women.
Slashfood recently reported on the backlash that CRA and some mom forums are receiving over High Fructose Corn Syrup. It seems that Mom Central, a large marketing group focused on mommy bloggers, ran a blog tour and campaign on behalf of the CRA. Mom bloggers were encouraged to write posts about all of the great things Corn Sugar has to offer, in return for a gift card.
Some bloggers took advantage of being able to write some fresh content for their blogs and get "paid" for it at the same time and there's nothing wrong with that, but as a mom blogger I feel very strongly about doing my research on things I review and not being the type of blogger who cuts and pastes whatever the companies I'm representing want me to say. I believe that we as bloggers need to be held to a higher standard and be accountable to our readers.