Recommended Documentary: King Corn

“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.”

I highly recommend that you watch this, it is very interesting to see where America was in the 1960’s and what it has become today in terms of farming. While I think it was interesting to see how the corn was made – the whole process – I do think that they just touched the surface here. Ole and I were chatting after the movie about how we think they went into making the movie only curious about how it was grow – strictly because they knew it a a large product in the US. However there is a scene you will see where they are talking to ‘cornfed’ and it seems to be their wake up call – they did not realize what (or really what is not?) made out of corn in the US. Since we have seen FOOD inc, we know the dangers of having corn in everything. One thing that was said toward the end really has stuck in my head. The pretext is that feeding corn to cows who cannot properly process corn nor do they get the proper ingredients from it – makes sick cows. So here is the wow moment I had -They said that 70% of the antibiotics used in the USA are used on cattle! WOW! That means that the ton of antibiotics that people are taking is only 30% of what is produced. The sad thing is if we just feed the cows grass, we would not have this problem and would be able to stop producing probably 65% of that 70% for animals!

What do you think?