So what’s more American than corn on the cob on the 4th of July? I decided to take a longer look this holiday weekend at our nation’s production of corn and it’s uses through the lens of King Corn – a feature documentary . You can preview it here.
King Corn offers an unflattering look at our bulging corn crops here in the US and bulging waistlines from corn fed cattle and corn syrupy foods as a direct result of cheaply produced corn and the commercialization of farming.
If you liked Super Size Me you’ll find this documentary is also an eye openning experience. I don’t think I’ll be able to look a cow in the face for a while. Although one suggestion offered up is to buy more grass fed beef and to buy more foods directly from farmers markets. Grass fed beef by the way is increasingly being more widely availablethrough progressive alternative stores (ie like Trader Joes).
Oh, and what of the recent Iowa flooding and resulting damage to the corn crops you might ask? No worry. Despite the flooding in the mid-west, we’re on track to being the second highest corn harvest on record since 1944 per the USDA.