King Corn and "crimes against humanity"
I'm counting the days 'til the release of the movie King Corn in Portland (November 9, at the Hollywood Theatre). I first read about King Corn a few months ago in Edible Portland. Then was really pleased to see the interview in the Oregonian's FoodDay (of all places) yesterday -- nice to learn that the movies makers' have some connections to Oregon. Here's the synopsis:
King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and 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.
This movie is so timely and relevant, and eye-opening for a lot of folks on how corn-based our food production is in the US. We've also recently heard some strong words from a UN food advocate about how using food to make fuel is a "crime against humanity." So I guess it's not just me who is bugged every time I hear about a new corn-based clothing fiber or plastic take-out container... (Don't be surprised if you hear me muttering "Corn, why'd it have to be corn..." to myself.)
And if you miss King Corn in the theaters, public television is going to air the movie sometime this spring. I'll post when I get the local broadcast date on that.