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King Corn

The hubby and I ACTUALLY watched a movie the other night.  It doesn’t happen very often.  We don’t really have the same taste in movies for entertainment.  He is more of an action fellow and truth be told, I am getting a bit bored of watching lame drama’s and comedies myself.  After the two hour movie is over I often question if that was a good use of my time.

Needless to say I am less and less likely to vote ‘yes’ to a movie night.

BUT, my husband is much more flexible than my rigid self and came in while I was busy sewing my djembe bag and asked if I wanted to watch a movie that night.  I perked right up and said, “King Corn.”

You see, I have been busy reading Growing Roots Katherine Leiner the past week or so.  The sub-title of the book is The New Generation of Sustainable Farmers, Cooks, and Food Activists. I am finding the stories about each of the people highlighted fascinating.  There are so many roads that lead us to our passions.

I am being inspired in every way to re-think the food that goes in my mouth and the mouth of my family.  Food matters in so many ways.  From the not so subtle way of chemicals and pesticides, to the more subtle ways of diabetes, cancer, pollution, and the care of food as it is being prepared.

One of the bio’s in the book is on Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis.  The are the minds behind the documentary King Corn.  In it, they move to a town in Iowa in which both of their great-grandfathers had farmed.  They lease an acre of land from a farmer and spend a year growing a bumper crop of corn, using all traditional methods. From GMO seed to fertilizer, they attempt to produce the most corn they can on that one acre.

They begin to follow where it is their corn will go when it has been harvested.  From ethanol to high-fructose corn syrup, from feed for cattle to storage in ‘elevators’, they explore what is happening on farms across America who are growing corn, and more corn, and even more and more corn.

Evidently they have a follow-up film titled Big River, but you can’t get it from Netflix and you have to find a screening near you for now.  Bummer.  Here is the trailer:

They also have  a little project they call Truck Farm:

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

So awesome.  I am getting goosebumps as I read and watch and learn about all of these people who are passionate about what the rest of us are putting into our bodies and calling ‘food’.  As we are attempting our own mini-farm in the back yard, and our kids are picking their own vegetables, and I continue to learn, profusely, by trial and error, I am invigorated knowing that there are a plethora of the clean food passionate.

So stream some King Corn, keep an eye out for their follow-up Big River, watch Truck Farm, and keep your ears open for any news on The City Dark too!

Spill it: How much thought do you give to the food that enters your body?  Have you seen King Corn?  What are your thoughts on food production in America today?

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One Response to “King Corn”

  1. Growing Roots Book Review | The Evolving Homemaker Says:

    […] You’ll remember, she highlighted Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, documentary filmmakers of King Corn.  But that was way back on page 67!  There are 300 pages of astute and passionate people sharing with us their dreams of quality, environmentally aware, conscientious food. […]

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