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King Corn (2007)

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King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In King Corn, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Bob Bledsoe ...
Himself - Bledsoe Cattle Company
Earl L. Butz ...
Himself - Former Secretary of Agriculture (as Earl Butz)
Dawn Cheney ...
Herself - Relative
Ian Cheney ...
Himself
Don Clikeman ...
Himself - Farmer
Elna Clikeman ...
Herself - Farmer
Ken Cook ...
Himself - Environmental Working Group
Loren Cordain ...
Himself - University of Colorado
Curt Ellis ...
Himself
Audrae Erickson ...
Herself - Corn Refiners Association
Dean Jarrett ...
Himself - Cattle Rancher
Sue Jarrett ...
Herself - Cattle Rancher
Rich Johnson ...
Himself - Farmer
Farida Khan ...
Herself - Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn
Steve Macko ...
Himself - University of Virginia
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King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In King Corn, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America's most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat-and how we farm Written by King Corn

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You are what you eat

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$6,753 (USA) (12 October 2007)

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$81,368 (USA) (30 November 2007)
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Michael Pollan: What you're growing is an industrialized corn. It has been changed over the last 20, 30, 40, 50 years with one goal in mind, which is yield. The way it was done was, not to make every plant produce more so much, as to make the plants tolerate living close together. This plant is kind of an "urban" creature; it lives in these cities of corn. We're now up to close to 200 bushels of corn per acre. That's what, 10,000 pounds? 5 tons of food from 1 acre of land. It's an amazing amount of food!
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A fun look at the un-fun facts
15 July 2008 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

If you've read Micheal Pollan's book "The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals" the issues addressed in this movie will be more than familiar. The tone, however, is rather younger, more superficial, and lighter. Both are quite enjoyable, and highlight problems most folks would rather not think about. I'd suggest you read the book first, then watch the movie to get the aroma and visuals. It would also be nice if other "reviewers" would own up to a disclosure such as this one, now common and expected, for example, in reputable medical journals: I am not employed by, nor do I have any financial interest in, any of the industries discussed or affected by this movie.


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