From corn and subsidies to cattle feed, burgers, corn syrup, pop and more. A must (free) watch for those interested in the food system of the U.S. (not sure on exact differences in Canada).
Best quote from an Iowa corn farmer.. “You shouldn’t be [impressed]. You should be impressed at the stupidity. We aren’t growing quality, we’re growing crap. The poorest quality crap the world has ever seen.”
King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation.
In the film, 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.
Running time: 1:30:02