Lately I have been a real slacker about my Netflix queue. So, with a few days off for Thanksgiving I finally watched the movie King Corn.
The movie is about Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, who move to Iowa to grow an acre of corn and learn more about the role of corn in our lives. With the some help from neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and herbicides, they plant and grow a crop of America’s most productive, most subsidized grain on one acre of land. What they find raises questions about how we eat and how we farm.
The movie was not ambush style or mean-spirited, which is nice for a documentary tackling a somewhat sensitive issue. Rather it’s intelligent, endearing and entertaining. Plus, it really makes you think about our food and farm systems.
Watch the trailer above.