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With the help of some real farmers, oodles of fertilizer and government aide, and some genetically modified seeds, the friends manage to grow one acre of corn. Along the way, they unlock the hilarious absurdities and scary but hidden truths about America s modern food system in this engrossing and eye-opening documentary.
A graceful and frequently humorous film that captures the idiosyncrasies of its characters and never hectors (Salon), KING CORN shows how and why whenever you eat a hamburger or drink a soda, you re really consuming ... corn.
- Deleted scenes:
- -Chicago: Hauling the Harvest to the Board of Trade
- -Washington DC: Talking Corn on Capitol Hill
- -Boston: A New Boston Tea Party
- The King Corn in the Corn Belt Tour
- The Lost Basement Lectures
- WoWz music video
- Photo gallery
- Filmmaker biographies
Top Customer Reviews
I've burned down all my wooden buildings, except for the 'century house'. I'm 75. When I'm gone someone else can raze that.
The impoverishment and de-humanizing of Iowa is deliberate government policy, the opposite of some European countries. Our present system does work well for huge agricultural supply and commodity conglomerates.
High tarrifs on imported cane sugar exacerbate the problem. The goal is to keep Americans eating inferior corn sugar products at protected prices.
It takes a lifetime of on-farm experience to successfully operate a viable 'sustainable agriculture' farm. Such expertise is dying or dead. Iowans raise 'export kids' to find careers in other states.
The DVD 'King Corn' tells the true story on many levels. The rationale for providing much food at low cost is deeply flawed and unsustainable, but highly appealing to the 'sound bite' crowd. Food that is truly 'good for you' may cost twice as much in stores and four times as much in restaurants. Are you ready, willing and able to pay for good quality rather than poor quantity?
The film starts off slowly as the reasons for the trip are explained. The prerequisite talking heads introduce some scary factoids about how Americans are literally made of corn; if you do a hair analysis, it's like a diet diary, and the vast majority of the American diet (corn-fed beef, fast foods and processed foods) contains corn derivatives. Much of the corn we ingest is in the guise of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), a cheaper alternative to sugar that is produced via a scary chemical conversion involving several toxic acids. HFCS has been directly linked to the current obesity crisis and its impact on Type II Diabetes (the body processes HFCS differently from table sugar). Prior to the 1970s, hardly any company used HFCS due to its high cost. But after then-Secretary of Agriculture Earl Butz did away with the old New Deal market control policies in favor of rapid expansion in 1973, there was a constant surplus of cheap (and non-edible) corn, fueling the rapid expansion of the corn syrup industry. Here's a quick test: walk into any convenience store and count how many items contain corn, specifically corn syrup.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
informative. Honest. An eye opener for each of us to realize what a problem the current focus on fast and cheap is. Read morePublished 2 days ago by AdaminSD
Interesting documentary. This country has gone crazy with corn production. It is quite sad.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Extremely informative and definitely gives you insight on how corporations are shaping this country and world for the worse . Entertaining till the very endPublished 1 month ago by Verecy
Loved it...unbelieveable...the Truth will set you free..??Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I found this documentary very eye opening. This is a very serious issue that I wish more politicians would act upon. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer