KING CORN tells the story of two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. As the film unfolds, 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-ubiquitous 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 eatâ€”and how we farm.
Also of Interest
Michael Pollan’s An Omnivore’s Dilemma also talks about the shocking ubiquity of corn products in our food supply and how this came to pass.
Slate Book Club has a nice discussion of the book [mp3].
Earth2Tech also has a fine roundup on videos discussing biofuels: Biofuels Video Primer