Watch & Discuss: King Corn
Growing up in the Midwest, I have very fond memories of corn. Sweet corn was something I looked forward to every year in late summer. I do still love corn even though nowadays, it seems that corn is getting a fairly bad rap. OPB will be airing King Corn on Tuesday, April 15 at 10 pm. Here's the overview:
"Almost everything Americans eat contains corn - high-fructose corn syrup, corn-fed meat and corn-based processed foods are staples of the fast-food nation. Record harvests of corn are supported by a government subsidy program that promotes production well beyond market demand.
Filmmakers Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis decided to grow an acre of corn in rural Iowa and then document its path from farm to consumption. In America's industrial kitchens, they confront the realities of corn's uses: sweetening the sodas of a diabetes-plagued neighborhood in Brooklyn, fattening cattle in Colorado, making fast food cheap and consumers unhealthy, and driving animals into confinement and farmers off the land. Check OPB Independent Lens for additional scheduling."
Have you seen it? What do you think? Are you a compulsive label reader and generally steer clear of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS)?