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King Corn

(DVD - 2007 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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"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"--Container.
Title: King corn
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Publisher: [New York] : Mosaic Films ; Oley, Pa. : Bullfrog Films [distributor], c2007
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: Balcony Releasing presents a Mosaic Films Inc production ; a film by Aaron Woolf, Curt Ellis, Ian Cheney ; a co-production of Mosaic Films and the Independent Television Service (ITVS)
Notes: Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
Disc includes scene selection, guide to the film, research and action guide
Originally produced in 2007
Summary: "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"--Container.
ISBN: 9781594587016
1594587019
Branch Call Number: DVD 633.15 KING
Credits: Written by Aaron Woolf, Ian Cheney, Curt Ellis, Jeffrey K. Miller ; edited by Jeffrey K. Miller ; original music by The WoWz with Bo Ramsey and Spencer Chakedis ; produced and directed by Aaron Woolf.
System Details: DVD
Subject Headings: Farms Iowa Butler County Agriculture Iowa Corn as feed United States Corn as food United States Corn Processing United States Corn products industry United States Corn industry United States
Genre/Form: Documentary films
Topical Term: Farms
Agriculture
Corn as feed
Corn as food
Corn
Corn products industry
Corn industry
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Jul 09, 2014
  • FishbowlB77 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Corn. We can live with it, but we can't live without it.

Mar 16, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Great job by these young filmmakers. Government subsidized farmers growing corn seed that's: fertilized with ammonia (yum); genetically modified to resist herbicides (slurp); fed to confined cattle until they're bloated and bursting at the seams, and almost dead with sickness, and combatively pumped up with antibiotics (tasty); made into high fructose corn syrup that's injected into virtually everything... and popped out as supersized empty calories in "Early Death Meals" at your local smiling Ronald McDonald franchise. Who's really the clown here? I was shocked to realize that the popcorn I was snacking on while watching this documentary was MADE OF CORN, TOO!! It's a conspiracy...

Sep 10, 2012
  • dprodrig rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very unpretentious and sincere look at corn. All aspects of corn, how it's everywhere in our food, whether as a primary ingredient or a source of food for a primary ingredient; why it's in our food - such as how subsedies influence what farmers may / may not grow, and whether it is good for us. It would have had more impact had subsidies on corn been compared to other possible, very popular crops like soy. Farming's a hard business and the role of the political system and it's impact on the food system cannot be viewed separately. Too bad they cut the scenes where they randomly offer corn to people on the street, that's funny. Good thing for extras (although the basement videos are kind of blah).

We are made of corn. When Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis happened upon this astounding fact, they needed to know more: how does the corn get from the corn plant deep into the very molecular structures of our bodies? This became the motivation for their slightly tongue-in cheek documentary film of a road trip to the corn capitol of the U.S.-- Iowa.
With many stops en route at McDonalds (almost everything on that menu is corn-based), Cheney and Ellis follow the corn trail from field to grain elevator to processor to feed lot to beef (and poultry) slaughterhouse to supermarket to our dinner table (or bag of take-out). You don’t eat meat, you say? Ah, but practically every aisle of the store is stocked with corn in its permutation as high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), so vegetarians are made of corn, too. Echoing other authors--Michael Pollan in The Omnivore’s Dilemma (394.12 Polla.M) and Eric Schlosser in Fast Food Nation (394.12 Schlo.E 2005)—albeit in a lighter tone, these young documentarians offer viewers an entertaining and enlightening 90 minutes.
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Mar 16, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Don Clikeman, farmer: "We aren't growing quality... We're growing crap! Poorest quality crap the world's ever seen -- we're growing it today." Ian Cheney: "You don't eat the corn that you grow." Elna Clikeman: "No... Not saying that I might not grind up a little bit for some corn meal, but I... basically don't." Don Clikeman: "I don't grow, necessarily grow, my corn for food. I don't care what's done with it! I'm selling it! That's the bottom line."

Mar 16, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Michael Pollan, University of California: "All that cheap... surplus corn goes somewhere, and in fact, a lot of it is going onto our bodies."

Mar 16, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Ken Cook, Environmental Working Group: "There is a role that the subsidies have played in making... the raw material available for... an overweight society... We subsidize the "Happy Meals" but we don't subsidize the healthy ones."

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