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« Topic Start: February 24, 2010, 04:55:55 pm »

Title: King Corn
Rating: Not Rated
Studio: New Video Group
DVD Release Date: April 29, 2008
Region: 1
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Engrossing and eye-opening, KING CORN is a fun and crusading journey into the digestive tract of our fast food nation where one ultra-industrial, pesticide-laden, heavily-subsidized commodity dominates the food pyramid from top to bottom - corn. Fueled by curiosity and a dash of naiveté, college buddies Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis return to their ancestral home of Greene, Iowa to figure out how a modest kernel conquered America. With the help of some real farmers, oodles of fertilizer and government aid, 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.

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Amazon.com Review: Picking up where Super Size Me left off, King Corn examines America's health woes through the multifaceted lens of one humble grain. Director Aaron Woolf and co-writers Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis offer irrefutable proof that the US is virtually drowning in the stuff. Corn meal, corn starch, hydrologized corn protein, and high fructose corn syrup fuel a multitude of products, from soft drinks to hamburgers. The starchy vegetable grows with ease and government subsidies insure over-abundant production. Woolf documents the 11-month effort of college friends Cheney and Ellis, who trace their ancestry to the same small Iowa town, to raise their own crop. After finding a farmer willing to lend them an acre, they meet with agronomists, historians, and other experts before plowing, seeding, and spraying. Prior to harvesting, the easygoing Yale grads travel to Colorado to compare the grass-fed cattle of yore with today's corn-fed counterparts; then to New York to explore the links between corn syrup, obesity, and diabetes. With assistance from author Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma), a whimsical score, and stop-motion animation--farm toys and corn kernels--Woolf and associates bring biochemistry to vivid life. On a micro level, this genial eye-opener celebrates friends and farmers; on a macro level, King Corn bemoans the subsidies and genetic modifications that have turned a formerly protein-filled product into the fatty "yellow dent no. 2." Bonus features include a music video, photo gallery, and "The Lost Basement Lectures," an amusingly fake instructional movie about the aims of agriculture. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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« Reply #1: February 24, 2010, 07:53:18 pm »



I haven't seen it yet but I watched Food, Inc last night.  Illuminating, that's for sure.  I knew most of the facts before but laying them all out like that in one long stream made a greater impact.

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« Reply #2: February 24, 2010, 10:14:10 pm »

I haven't seen it yet but I watched Food, Inc last night.  Illuminating, that's for sure.  I knew most of the facts before but laying them all out like that in one long stream made a greater impact.

King Corn helped convince me to REALLY cut back on the soft drinks.
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« Reply #3: February 24, 2010, 10:28:31 pm »

King Corn helped convince me to REALLY cut back on the soft drinks.

I didn't realise nutrasweet was owned by Monsanto.

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« Reply #4: February 25, 2010, 08:09:03 am »

I didn't realise nutrasweet was owned by Monsanto.

There are times I think everything artificial and probably not good for you is owned by Monsanto.
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« Reply #5: February 26, 2010, 08:21:20 pm »

King Corn helped convince me to REALLY cut back on the soft drinks.

Same here, although I did stock up recently when Pepsi did their "throwback" set.  I don't drink much, and now I've got sugar varieties when I have to get a fix.  Wink
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« Reply #6: February 27, 2010, 01:12:27 pm »


Seems like a good film.  I might netflix it soon, if only to stop it from coming up in the "Movies You'll Love" tab.
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« Reply #7: January 28, 2011, 06:56:53 pm »

There are times I think everything artificial and probably not good for you is owned by Monsanto.

Now I'm going to have to check to see if my stevia has anything to do with 'em, just to be safe Wink

Another fantastic docu that also angered me. I loved that it started out as a somewhat lighthearted look at where our 'food' comes from. The audience gets to share in the horror and anger of the two film makers as they realize the government is basically subsidizing the creation of artificial foods that are awful for us. Pretty potent stuff.
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« Reply #8: January 29, 2011, 11:55:30 pm »

Monsanto.

*shudder* An evil company for sure!
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