We are all brethern of the kernel. It sounds corny, but it's the truth.

by HoodooVoodoo@evpl on Monday, September 8 2008, 12:15pm. Viewed 887 times.

King CornKing Corn (2007) is documentary that starts with two recent college graduates from Boston finding out (through hair testing) that their body mainly consists of corn.  This discovery leads them to relocate to Iowa and convince a farmer to let them grow one acre of corn all by themselves in hopes of finding how their corn makes it from the field to the body. 

This entertaining documentary includes facets of the history of corn, farm life today, implications of corn on livestock production, and how corn goes from the field to almost everything we eat today.  Even if you didn't grow up on a farm like I did, you will find this very interesting (and probably disturbing).  Check it out today!

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E-Dub@evpl wrote
on Tuesday, September 9 2008, 3:03pm

Ooo, I'm so going to check this out! Corn is one strange & wonderful plant (a grass, actually). For another really cool look at corn, Michael Pollan's "The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals" is an excellent read/listen. And as much as I love & respect (yes, respect!) this plant, I'm not too keen on corn syrup being in so much of our food. Dont' let those "corn syrup's okay!" commercials fool you!

on Tuesday, September 9 2008, 3:19pm

My husband HATES genetically modified corn after reading "The Omnivore's Dilemma." Driving through the  Indiana countryside, passing by all those picturesque corn fields full of various fiendish hybrids, I can count on an  an earful about it.  I do know that the organic ears we get from Seton Harvest are on the small side, as well as worm-eaten, but hey I guess that's the price we have to pay to go natural.

Bufkinite@evpl wrote
on Tuesday, September 9 2008, 4:02pm

Ken Midkiff also talks about corn - about how most of what we grow is fed to cattle - in his thought-provoking book "The Meat You Eat" (338.1973 MIDKI).  Check out the chapter "Big Beef."  

Over half the corn harvested in 2007 went to feed livestock, which is something Pollan mentions in his book: cows and steers are not supposed to be grain fed, but grass fed; they're herbivores, and wouldn't let a seed head ever form on corn if left to "graze" it.