Where Local and Global Appetites Collide

King Corn – the Documentary

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.


  1. “Super Size Me” was great. I was amazed that a perfectly healthy person’s health could become seriously threatened in less than a month of eating that junk food for every meal. His doctor wanted him to stop the experiment!

    I have tried to cut out corn syrup from what I buy. It truly is in almost everything — all because it is cheaper than sugar.

    I am a lifetime member of Weight Watchers and recently went back to attending the meetings for a “tune up” to take off a few pounds that had creaped back on because I wasn’t watching what I ate as well as I should have. Anyway, my instructor shared that she had a Weight Watchers member visit one of her classses who was from Australia. The visitor said that Australian food products do not have any corn syrup in them — I think she said there was a law against it.

    We can learn a lot from other countries. The United States is not the center of the universe.

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