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King Corn: You Are What You Eat Review by Kim Kargbo

Bullfrog Films
PO Box 149
Oley, PA 19547

In this 90-minute documentary, two best friends from Boston find out (through a hair test) that they are mostly "made up of" corn. They decide to find out more about why that is, since they don't think they eat that much corn. The two young men, Curtis and Ian, move to Iowa (where they both have ancestors from the same small town) and rent one acre of land to grow corn and find out about the process of growing, harvesting, selling, and processing corn. What they find out leaves them bewildered and perplexed--and it will do the same for you. The young men discover a lot about the science of agriculture, the process of modern-day farming, the governmental system that drives the agricultural industry, the cattle industry, economics, food processing, and politics.

This film would be great for any homeschooler who is planning to go into agriculture. It would also be a good addition to an economics curriculum or a health or nutrition course. Really, it is probably just plain good for any American to watch! There are a few vocabulary words that more conservative families would probably find offensive; these can be ignored or skipped over if you preview it. The content is worth overlooking them. The DVD also includes a research and action guide, which can be used to dig further into the issues brought up in the film.

This film will probably change the way you eat--which you might not appreciate. At the very least, it will make you uncomfortable with the way you shop and eat and will raise thought-provoking questions about the American agricultural system in which you invest.

Product review by Kim Kargbo, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, September 2010