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"King Corn"
Bishounen Nerd
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Today in Sociology class, I watched this movie called "King Corn". It's a documentary film about the corn industry in America, and was recorded in a town in Iowa (Greene, IA, I think.) Anyway, Terrance & Curtis did an expose on the agricultural process of America. According to this movie, the use of weed killers in our crops is causing fields of genetically-modified corn to become inedible. What makes the least sense about this is that these farmers don't even farm to feed themselves. It's all about the bottom line. One guy said he didn't care about what happened to his crops, he just wanted to sell them. To me, that defeats the whole purpose of farming.

Not only that, but this "inedible" corn is used as cattle feed, since it makes cows fatter faster, and they keep these cattle cooped-up so they can't move around, which makes them gain even more weight. It used to be the case that cows would graze pastures and eat grass. However, what the corn feed is doing is giving these cows "acidosis", a condition that, if not treated, could prove fatal. But then they just butcher the cattle, anyway, and it doesn't really matter to them.

Finally, another highlight I want to point out is the scene where they're making high-fructose corn syrup in their kitchen. The process involved Sulfuric Acid, among other things, which was labeled with the word "harmful" all over it. I don't know about you, but I wouldn't want to eat anything that is potentially harmful to the human body.

So, in conclusion, I urge you to go and see this movie! Here's a clip from the movie on Youtube; www.youtube.com/watch. If you can find this at your local library or can find it somewhere else, I strongly recommend it!

Speaking of which, I want to recommend another movie to you guys: "Super Size Me". If you haven't seen this great movie, click this link; www.youtube.com/watch.

This and "King Corn" are great movies if you are interested in the U.S.A.'s obesity problem, or the issue of genetically-modified crops.

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