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 ...
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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 farmWritten by
If you're standing in a field in Iowa, there's an immense amount of food being grown, none of it edible. The commodity corn... nobody can eat it. It must be processed before we can eat it. It's a raw material, it's a feed-stock for all these other processes. And the irony is that an Iowa farmer can no longer feed himself.
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yet another slap at American farmers under the guise of making folks feel guilty for being unable, in today's economy, to buy high priced products raised by some ex Berkley hippie in a 50' backyard garden for $15 a lb.
I'm not sure when it became so popular to vilify American agriculture, but here you have it. anyone who was raised in the midwest knows about 'feed corn'- it would be stupid to try to eat it yourself, it's high in complex starches so that ruminants can extract more nutrients from it. it's easy to forget when you really know nothing about farming that people and animals process foods differently.
we have 390 million people in this country and farmers are forced to produce more and more with less and less. the two guys acting as if they were babes in the woods was insulting to the people who do this for a living every day. go starve yourself for a day or so or live only off the foods you yourself can grow and maintain before seeking out movies like this meant to portray our farmers as greedy minions of the evil empire of corporations.
as for all these references to Omnivore's Dilemma- don't let that title mislead you. it's a pro vegan book. any one referencing it and reviewing this movie as a terrible spotlight on how slaughter animals are fed is trying to spook or guilt you into never eating meat again.
get off your asses, America and go visit some real farms instead of watching a lousy crock-umentary like this.
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