Monday, April 21, 2008

King Corn

This weekend Mike and I watched a great documentary, King Corn. King Corn follows two college friends who are concerned with the fact that for the first time in decades, America's life expectancy is expected to decline. The two friends go to a university where they have their hair sampled to find out what their diet consists of and are shocked to find out that corn seems to be the main staple. Confused by this they decide to do further research and move from the East Coast to Iowa where they grow 1 acre of corn and follow it into the food system. I was amazed at what they discovered. This film has totally changed the way I look at food, especially beef. I was shocked to see that the corn they produced isn't even edible because it is made strictly to produce high fructose corn syrup. There is a hilarious scene where the two guys actually make high fructose corn syrup in their kitchen. The stuff contains battery fluid acid and some other chemical that had the words "HARMFUL" printed in large block letters on the packaging! For those interested I think this is running on PBS this week under the title: Independent Lens: King Corn. A great movie if you are interested in seeing what actually goes into the food you eat.


ElegantSnobbery said...

I am totally going to watch that one! Great find! I'm working hard to make our household High Fructose Corn Syrup free. It is really hard, as that crap is in everything!!!

Candice said...

It really is. I went to my kitchen after watching and threw everything away that had that listed in the ingredients!