'King Corn,' the Movie

By Nancy Smorch

Are agricultural corn crops in the U.S. a mystery to you?  Why do health experts hate corn so much?

Try watching the documentary, King Corn, and the mystery may be cleared up a little.

The premise is this: the creators of the film went back to their hometown in Iowa to rent 1 acre of land to grow corn.  They had their hair follicles analyzed and found evidence of corn in their hair, so they wanted to follow the corn from field to end product to get a better idea of how corn actually became a physical part of them.

It was like going down the rabbit hole, once again, once they started asking questions and interviewing farmers and businesses.

What was most eye opening for me was just how much corn was produced, and how much excess corn we have and how it is used, as well as the discussions of its contribution to obesity and diabetes.

What was also relevant, especially after my post on Wednesday about food and money, is that today we spend about half as much money on food as we did in the 1950s (14% of our income as opposed to 28%).  Some may argue that this is a good thing.

Sure, it’s nice to spend less money on something, but let’s not hesitate to spend more on food, if our health and the health of our family is dependent on it.  After all, we have another 14% of our income to spend on food just to catch up to where we were some 60 years ago! I think this was the biggest “Aha”  moment for me in the movie.

Once again, a lot of food for thought!  Check out the trailer above.  You can rent the movie on iTunes or watch it on YouTube.