FOOD NEWS: A Conversation with ‘King Corn’ Filmmaker: Part 2

FOOD NEWS: A Conversation with ‘King Corn’ Filmmaker: Part 2


the reality is it’s very hard to get outside
the courtroom kingdom for some reason other a no-win union i decided
to try to make it through the month of november without needing any process corn products whatsoever and %uh it’s been an incredible challenge
so far but hungry for about two weeks and %uh where we’re doing this thing that we call
the king corn challenge and %uh so feed the reality of that is that i’ve had to throw
out most of what was in my refrigerator and in my covers and %uh even
like toothpaste contains sorbitol which is a %uh corn-based sweetener the good news is we’re eating real food amin
i bought a carrot at their convenience store last week for fifteen cents and that was my
afternoon snack instead of a bag of chips and %uh where we’re bind grass fed grass than
if beef and cooking that at home which in last year’s worth making conscious effort
to do it you you won’t ever tried so there’s a there’s there’s a opportunity
out there to test yourself and see if you can make it through this month of not eating
corn and %uh more than anything it turned out to
be an incredible educational experience about just how pervasive corneas like that this is my mom’s %uh martyr here where she keeps all the %uh through to the family and %uh workgroups and very few thoughts with corn
syrup cranberry sauce thanksgivings coming or had produced corn syrup and corn syrup and then on i guess this is a good stuff this is all right
here golden sweet kernel corn just corn water sugar
and salt market with alan cornflakes here looks like your cornbread %uh milt corn sugar multi flavoring high fructose corn syrup and salt this one a one is %uh corn syrup along with %uh caramel color which comes from
corn title for the staff isn’t unbelievable talents that we have now where the most affordable food is the least healthy
food for us and as a result in this day and age for the
first time in world history obesity is associated with poverty and the racist activities among lower-income
americans are are than among the wealthy americans and such as princes are fat these days its it’s everyone and particular its minorities and lower-income populations
and that’s largely a result of this flood of process of all commodity crops and processed
food indoor track so to me the real challenges how do we find
solutions don’t just make healthy food available to wealthy people but to make healthy food available to everyone in the schools in the hospitals and on the street corners over but never heard
and the world take that may lead to demagogues meal you don’t realize it when you have you read
in court be has been corn fat celia is corn so i agreed to sponsor of the two
main ingredient given the french fries which are you not have
to charge the french press come from the fact that the friday and that that is liable to
be corn oil or so and so when you’re at that mcdonald’s your
denial of food everything on your plate discord are garfield system is in a tight spot right
now which is %uh we have gotten a really really good at growing cheap food but the cheap food we’re good a growing is
fast food and the challenge in the next generation is
how do we make healthy food available to everyone not just the sort of to food system culture
where wealthy people on because they’re in midwestern college towns have organically locally grown food from family
farms but a system in which the big farms in the
midwest get a chance to be sustainable and farmers get a chance to take back some sense
of pride that growing real food not growing high fructose corn syrup the big middle of our dot the corn and soybeans
and wheat that make up the bulk of what we actually are consuming we need those to be calm sustainable healthy in a new blood do you see movement in that direction i do i mean there there’s %uh there’s incredible new ingenuity coming out of places like iowa
where there are wonderful group spectacle farmers of iowa river leopold center at iowa
state thinking all the time about how how can we
make a new kind of family farm agriculture really grows good food well it does look like the farm bill isn’t
gonna feature a lot of change although there is movement in the right direction are you going to continue your quest order
to educate people to where the food comes from and what city do you mean is that become
passion very much so i mean changing the farm bill is a very slow process %uh but it when
it changes they will be a bit incredibly powerful thing and the reading up on the wall that
that will happen whether it’s this year or for five years from
now it’s going to happen we have policies in place now that are based on on perceived scarcity that just doesn’t exist the new kind of policies that will have in the next generation have
to reflect the realities of this time winter an abuse of the epidemic rather than the great
depression and %uh i do believe apple happen said and
i’m certainly going to do everything i can to help that kind of change come into being the thing is these don’t contain unicorn whatsoever
so i can just have a better term after their wives

43 Replies to “FOOD NEWS: A Conversation with ‘King Corn’ Filmmaker: Part 2

  1. Looking forward to the documentary coming out. More and more it seems the future is to take agriculture into our own hands. Those of us who cannot afford sustainable organic foods will have to grow our own in order for it to be affordable. Thanks for posting.

  2. I am in Iowa… I only buy local and organic from the coop in Iowa City. People WANT this change. Farmers here are being taken over by greedy factory farm owners and Monsanto. Until Monsanto goes under… our land continues to be poisoned. You really should hook up with the Dave Matthews Band. He has a farm and believes in the same things you are talking about.

  3. Fast food is so easy. Real food requires more planning and preparation. Making healthy food affordable, convenient and tasty to a generation addicted to sugar, salt and convenience is a challenge. Very corny situation we have gotten ourselves in.

  4. Superb videography, superb message.

    It's not a message we'll ever hear on mainstream media; processed food manufacturers have too much sway there.

    YouTube offers the potential to get the truth out – and you're the one doing it. Kudos!

  5. I met him in person and talked to him about king corn. Corn really is everywhere and it is hard to find items without corn in them

  6. It is pretty crazy, averageBetty. And you're right, it takes a little extra time to pland and prepare, but the outcome is so much better, IMHO.

  7. Unfortunately, for those of us who live in the US, this appears to be predominantly an American 'problem', to my knowledge. And, as you point out, those countries that import food made from here. What, besides sugar, is used to sweeten foods in the Phillipines (if you know)?

  8. Affordable is key, I am one of those obsessed people who only eats organic and I just paid $9.83 for less than 2 pounds of grapes at wholefoods market and I thought to myself what about regular people with children how can they afford to eat healthy foods? This is a big problem. I don't eat corn at all, or processed foods. If it's packaged chances are it's not good for you.

  9. No, because the U.S exports tons of food to other countries, especially poor countries.
    Correction, not food, but genetically modified crap that will kill these people just like it's killing Americans slowly with the diabetes, heart disease, cancer etc. that Americans suffer from

  10. Most families can't afford the higher priced foods. That is one of the reasons great consideration ought to be put into the current Farm Bill. Perhaps subsidizing organic farmers might lead to more affordable prices for good, clean food instead of processed foods with high amounts of salt, fat, or HFCS. Help fight the obesity epidemic.

  11. Yes, it will take some time to change the mess that has been created, but I think the conversations have started and awareness has begun reaching larger numbers of people. And, like you said, I think this film will help in that direction too.

  12. I agree with you wholeheartedly, guacamolecestsibon. I think the big challenge, for many, is when we eat out…restaurants, conferences, meetings, school cafeterias, other houses. And for those eating on the fly (not a good choice I know) and finding something quick, but 'healthy'. Thoughts or suggestions?

  13. I'd like to know for sure one way or the other if all the intensive farming has reduced the mineral (macro and trace) nutritional value of our foods due to the quality of the topsoil. So far I haven't heard this touched on in the videos.

  14. Interesting question. I have a guess, but that's not necessarily the correct answer. I'll ask around. Anyone else have input/knowledge in this area?

  15. okay by me! I think it is important to start a conversation, share viewpoints, and start making positive changes in our daily lives toward a better way of living for everyone. Thanks for adding to this (hopefully!) ongoing dialogue!

  16. That would be my guess, guac, because it makes logical sense. But do you (or anyone else) know if studies have been done?

  17. lol noone NEEDS high fructose corn syrup — our bodies need nutrition, not just calories. We could all eat quite well without HFCS … if processors would just stop adding it.

  18. FYI King Corn is scheduled to air on Public Television's "Independent Lens" series in April of 2008. If you missed the theatre run of this great documentary, or it never made it to your town, don't miss it!

  19. I believe, bratfink74, he was just trying to keep away from anything that had HFCS as an ingredient for one month. It was another example how HFCS has permeated so many products, even toothpaste (which surprised me, but when I stopped to think about it, it does kinda make sense because it does taste a little sweet; not tart, not bland, and not bad).

  20. That's what Curt discovered, he was eating real food! If on the road and he stopped for a quick snack, prior he might have opted for fast food, during his month of no corn by-products, he would get a banana or some carrot sticks. A change in eating habits, yes, but one that was doable.

  21. support the small hemp companies that are doing it! HEMP is the future of mass food production.
    HEMP HEMP HEMP HEMP HEMP HEMP
    look it up!!!!

  22. As a raw vegan, I don't eat corn at all (except for the one-two cooked vegans meals I have every week), and the occasional raw corn I add to salads (which is hopefully non-gmo, assuming that still exists ion this country). You eliminate all the bad stuff when you eat raw veggies. I use agave nectar for a sweetener. Or dates.

  23. "You eliminate all the bad stuff when you eat raw veggies."
    Only if you're fortunate enough to live nearby a fresh produce market and especially organic because, unless you're washing all your veggies wish dishsoap (petrochemicals) you're eating a ton of pesticides and herbicides. It's a strange world we live in.
    Everyone here should do a search for "deliberately dumbing down"

  24. "The challenge we face is to be able to grow cheap, HEALTHY food for everyone"

    That will never happen because the government wants us eating this garbage food, and watching garbage T.V., and going to throw our money away by expecting garbage, profit-driven medical centers to cure the ailments that the food gave us with other chemically created "medicines", and teeaching our kids to do the same so we perpetuate this horrible cycle, and stay stupid and fat while the elite stay rich and fit.

  25. Although there are few, you do not have to be wealthy to be healthy. Sometimes people who are middle class pay a ton of money for crap but don't realize they could be spending much less. I know because I've been there.

  26. I wish I could afford food that was more healthy. But, it's more expensive to eat food that is not processed, let alone organic.
    Also, I'm allergic to fresh fruits and vegetables. And I'm not kidding. Had a few pieces of chopped carrots and celery that I didn't know were in the macaroni salad I was eating, and I caused me quite a bit of greif.
    If I don't eat altered food, I'll starve. . . .if I do, I get a poisoned liver.
    Wonderful.

  27. We are corn farmers.  We still eat real food.  It takes reading labels and changing a few habits which isn't convenient at first, but very possible for everyone to do.  This does not require wealth.  We choose not to eat at McDonald's.   If there is no food demand for the products with frutcose corn syrup the manufacturers will eventually change. Right?            
     Farmers growing corn that eventually purchased by manufacturers for the "bad" syrups and additives can still sustain their businesses by producing needed ethanol fuel for our country.  Instead of trying to kill family farms in America, let's try redirecting our resources.  We still have mountains of corn and rich soil.  The oil industry has enough buyers in the world without us.          
     Regardless, this is a good film and very informative for us who look out for health.  Just remember, farmers are not growing corn to hurt anyone.  There is a market for corn and they fill the current need.  We drive our corn to grain elevators.  We do not sell it to manufacturers of corn syrup plants.  
    Redirecting fuel sources so that we are not dependent on big oil is what I personally would like to see.  Ethanol is a good product.  Like the corn syrup industry, big oil companies have succeeded in leading the public to believe otherwise.  

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