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King Corn (2007)

Unrated | | Documentary | 25 April 2009 (Japan)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Bob Bledsoe Bob Bledsoe ... Himself - Bledsoe Cattle Company
Earl L. Butz Earl L. Butz ... Himself - Former Secretary of Agriculture (as Earl Butz)
Dawn Cheney Dawn Cheney ... Herself - Relative
Ian Cheney Ian Cheney ... Himself
Don Clikeman Don Clikeman ... Himself - Farmer
Elna Clikeman Elna Clikeman ... Herself - Farmer
Ken Cook Ken Cook ... Himself - Environmental Working Group
Loren Cordain Loren Cordain ... Himself - University of Colorado
Curt Ellis Curt Ellis ... Himself
Audrae Erickson Audrae Erickson ... Herself - Corn Refiners Association
Dean Jarrett Dean Jarrett ... Himself - Cattle Rancher
Sue Jarrett Sue Jarrett ... Herself - Cattle Rancher
Rich Johnson Rich Johnson ... Himself - Farmer
Farida Khan Farida Khan ... Herself - Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn
Steve Macko Steve Macko ... Himself - University of Virginia
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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 Written by King Corn

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Plot Keywords:

corn | food | iowa | farm | processed food | See All (7) »

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You are what you eat

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Documentary

Certificate:

Unrated

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Official Sites:

Official site | Official site [Japan] | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 2009 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Царица полей See more »

Filming Locations:

Greene, Iowa, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,753, 14 October 2007

Gross USA:

$105,422

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$105,422
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ITVS, Mosaic Films See more »
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Color (HDCAM)| Color

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1.78 : 1
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Loren Cordain: The meat that we eat in this day and age is produced in a feed lot. It's grain-fed meat, and we produce a characteristically obese animal, animals whose muscle tissue looks more like fat tissue than it does lean meat in wild animals. And if you look at a T-bone steak from a grain-fed cow, it may have as much as 9 grams of saturated fat. Whereas a comparable steak from a grass-fed animal would have 1.3 grams of saturated fat.
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To the commenter above
20 September 2008 | by gerry-makSee all my reviews

The film did not demonize corn as a species. It demonized the particular strain of highly selected and genetically modified corn that we use for high fructose corn syrup and cattle feed, a type of corn that requires intensive fertilization and herbicide regimens, and which actually kills off other strains of corn such as the sweet corn we all love eating at a summer barbecue. Also, cows are ruminants, which means that they have basic, low-acidity stomachs, evolved to digest grass. In order for them to digest the starchy kernels from corn, the acidity of their stomachs have to be artificially increased, causing myriad health problems for them which can only be remedied using antibiotics and hormones. This also makes them vulnerable to diseases that threaten us. It is absolutely naive to think this doesn't impact our health. Finally, the "Harvard professor" you refer to is Michael Pollan, a UC Berkeley professor. He is the author of The Omnivore's Dilemma, a book perhaps you should consider reading if you value facts so much. I think it is you who have not carefully understood the information presented by this film.


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