You might think that two sweets like sugar and corn syrup would be get along well. They do the same job, more or less, and people like them.
Alas, it isn't so. Sometimes the more two parties are alike, the more they fight. And that's sadly the case here.
Last week, Eric Lipton wrote an illuminating story on the front page of the business section of The New York Times in which he mined documents uncovered in a federal lawsuit between the corn refinery and sugar industries. The story reports that both parties resorted to covert operations, misrepresentation of research on health risks, and enlisted academics and policy groups as allies.
The battle began with research suggesting that high-fructose corn syrup might be less healthy than sugar, Lipton reports--which the corn industry vigorously denied. The sugar and corn...