During a dinner conversation with my girlfriends last night, we were talking about health and the impact nutrition has on it. The discussion came to produce and whether we should really buy organic or not. When I look at the produce in my regular supermarket I can’t help but feel that it is all genetically modified. Seedless Grapes and Watermelon anyone? My friend Kim mentioned King Corn, a documentary she watched a while back about Corn – the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation.
In King Corn, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America’s most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat—and how we farm.