Best mates Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis set out to find the main ingredient behind the forever expanding waistline of the American people and quietly fuels the fast-food nation.
Their deep curiosity about the American food distribution system sets them on a path to Iowa, where they plant a single acre of corn and follow it from the seed to the dinner plate. With the help of some friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America’s most productive, most subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil.
But when the two friends try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat-and how we farm.
What the best friends discover is that almost everything we eat contains corn, high fructose corn syrup, corn-fed meat, and corn-based food that is the staple of the modern human diet.
America’s record harvests of corn are backed by a government subsidy system that promotes corn production beyond all market demand.
King Corn is an informative and at times disturbing account of both the food Americans so readily consume without so much as a second thought and the dangerous state of the contemporary agricultural industry.