I watched the King Corn Movie last night [4-19/2009]
It was really good. Slow but good.
Two friends who have roots in Iowa decide to go back to Greene, Iowa and plant an acre of corn to see how its done and see where the corn goes after its picked.
After planting and harvesting, they find they are in the hole for several tens of dollars, but the government is there to subsidize their offering.
The corn tasted terrible and isn’t edible until it is processed. Half of Iowa’s corn goes to feed cattle and the rest to processing into, well, processed foods.
The reason antibiotics get fed to cows is because their system can’t digest the 60 to 90% corn diet and to fight off infection from being held in feed lots.
Some baby cows go up eating grass and running free, but as soon as the cattle rancher or slaughterhouse buys them, they go into a feed lot and are held for 150 days, in tight quarters, unable to move and are fed constantly. To gain weight, and if they move too much they don’t gain the weight. After the 150 days they are shipped to their death.
The first of the movie was very interesting. They take a hair sample and have it analysed. They come to find out that the amount of corn in their hair is very high.
So they set off to find out what foods have corn in them.
I heard somewhere that the 2 guys tried to eat corn-free for a determined amount of time. Don’t know if they were successful. but Jesse and I are going to try it. Tomorrow, Thursday the 21st.
I will let you know the results!
Update: Thursday: Jesse ate cereal. I ate licorice. It has corn syrup in it. We messed that day up before lunch time! We will try again.