King Corn Film Review
Today, almost everything Americans eat contains corn. Whether is corn its self, corn-fed meats, corn-based processed foods, or high fructose corn syrup, corn has infiltrated our diets in ways most of us never even think about. A pair of college friends set off to find out how so much of our diet revolves around one single crop. Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis had a mission, a mission to grow an acre of corn and follow its endeavors across the country. They plan on following their acre of corn literally from farm to table. They set off to a small town in Iowa to find the first of their answers.
The Midwest is known well for its great corn farming abilities, and it did not disappoint Ian and Curt when they arrived. Upon arriving, they found some extended family who lived in the area and found out that both of their great grandfathers lived just a few miles apart and may have even seen each other. Just like their grandfathers they were going to farm the land. To start they needed land, which they soon found from a very skeptical farmer. 1 acre of land, or about 8 strips of corn was all they had. This is where their adventure really started.
King Corn found great ways to explain and demonstrate the processes of growing and maintaining corn. They explained how the government entises farmers to plant corn buy paying them to plant it. They showed how to quadrouple the yeild of the plants were grown by using anhydrous ammonia, a chemical literally sprayed into the ground to fertilize the corn. The film cleverly combined recorded material with voice-over commentary. At one point showing how corn had changed from the corn grown in Southern Mexico while showing still-picture videos of corn kernels travelling up to Iowa. They had an ergonometrist explain how one specific species of corn started to dominate all other corns grown; the yellow dent.
They had an array of experts and other witnesses...
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