King Corn: You Are What You Eat

Film. Directed by Aaron Woolf. 2007. 88 minutes.
Two friends raise one acre of corn to understand how the subsidized crop drives our fast-food nation.

Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001-
Themes: Environment, Food

King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In the film, 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.

The website includes information on the Farm Bill, FoodCorps, other projects by the filmmakers, and ways to take action. [Website description.]

By Mosaic Films.


Image by David McLimans.

Related Resource

King Corn: Teaching the food crisis. A description of how two teachers use the film King Corn to teach their 9th-grade global studies students about the international food crisis and how much choice we have over what we eat. (Rethinking Schools, Summer 2012)

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