Should We Stop Subsidizing Corn?

Last night I was watching this documentary on Netflix called “King Corn.”  I had never even heard of it prior to yesterday and was pleasantly surprised at how interesting it was.  I am not a huge documentary watcher (unless you count watching programs on Discovery Channel or History Channel as watching documentaries).  There have been one or two documentaries that I have had relative interest in like “Bowling for Columbine” and “Super Size Me.”  And then of course there is always the great rockumentary “The Last Waltz.”  But all and all documentaries are not high up on my genre list.  So deciding to watch “King Corn” last night was kind of a weird choice, but the description just caught my attention.  I don’t really feel like I can give justice to all the information that the film presents but what I will say is that I found it both fascinating and disturbing and it is really causing me to question some of the practices we follow in the country in regards to farming, food production, and the movement of government money.  The one thing that caught me more than anything is just how ubiquitous corn is in the modern American lifestyle.  Corn and the industries around it seem to find a way to impact almost every degree of our world.  We can talk about the big problems America faces like rising global warming and obesity (which I feel are both very real concerns) but all too often I think we over look the fact that something as seemingly innocent as our most produced grain (that’s right, corn is number one in the USA) may be one of the biggest contributers to matters not to mention a number of other social issues.  Definitely worth checking out if you are a globally conscious individual who feels the need to be better informed.

~ by Nathaniel on May 6, 2008.

One Response to “Should We Stop Subsidizing Corn?”

  1. Soylent green is corn.

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