you are what you eat
Special features: Deleted scenes; "The king corn in the corn belt tour" featurette; "The lost basement lectures" featurette; "WoWz music video; photo gallery; filmmaker biographies.
We are made of corn. When Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis happened upon this astounding fact, they needed to know more: how does the corn get from the corn plant deep into the very molecular structures of our bodies? This became the motivation for their slightly tongue-in cheek documentary film of a road trip to the corn capitol of the U.S.-- Iowa. With many stops en route at McDonalds (almost everything on that menu is corn-based), Cheney and Ellis follow the corn trail from field to grain elevator to processor to feed lot to beef (and poultry) slaughterhouse to supermarket to our dinner table (or bag of take-out). You don’t eat meat, you say? Ah, but practically every aisle of the store is stocked with corn in its permutation as high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), so vegetarians are made of corn, too. Echoing other authors--Michael Pollan in The Omnivore’s Dilemma (394.12 Polla.M) and Eric Schlosser in Fast Food Nation (394.12 Schlo.E 2005)—albeit in a lighter tone, these young documentarians offer viewers an entertaining and enlightening 90 minutes. -Madame Librarian
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Don Clikeman, farmer: "We aren't growing quality... We're growing crap! Poorest quality crap the world's ever seen -- we're growing it today." Ian Cheney: "You don't eat the corn that you grow." Elna Clikeman: "No... Not saying that I might not grind up a little bit for some corn meal, but I... basically don't." Don Clikeman: "I don't grow, necessarily grow, my corn for food. I don't care what's done with it! I'm selling it! That's the bottom line."
Michael Pollan, University of California: "All that cheap... surplus corn goes somewhere, and in fact, a lot of it is going onto our bodies."
Ken Cook, Environmental Working Group: "There is a role that the subsidies have played in making... the raw material available for... an overweight society... We subsidize the "Happy Meals" but we don't subsidize the healthy ones."
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