KING CORN is an intriguing documentary that takes an investigative look at how significantly agriculture has changed over the past 20-50 years. Consumers are simply unable to escape corn consumption in some way, shape or form, given how corn (in all of its various configurations) constitutes the foundation of countless food products.
The documentary’s hosts take on the task of growing themselves one acre of corn in Greene, Iowa, “an agricultural community that could feed all of the USA with its corn supply!”.[i] As such, they, and all viewers, witness first-hand what this crop undergoes from start to finish. Their alarming discoveries and shocking realizations strongly resonated with me, the viewer.
In 1973, a shift towards maximizing food production (at the expense of quality), occurred.[ii] Farmsteads were gradually replaced by homesteads, and, as tractors began to take over, a single farmer could work an increasingly larger piece of land with the efficiency of modern technologies, even in the dead of winter.[iii] Farming was no longer a hands-on experience, generating our ultimate food crises: pesticides, high fructose corn syrup, corn-fed and antibiotic-fed sick animals, new health conditions/diseases, industrialized and impersonal agriculture, and a cheap food policy that is funded and supported by governments.[iv]
Consumers are completely in the dark about the sourcing and production of many of their food sources. The food industry does not have the population’s best interests in mind; the industry exists to produce an immense yield, producing inedible raw material that requires extensive processing in order to become edible.[v]
This documentary causes you to bring greater awareness to your own agricultural purchases and their sources, so as not to poison your body with the toxicity of food that is not food.
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[i]-[v] Woolf, A. et. Al. (2007). King Corn.