Day 5 of the Nutrition Challenge! How’s everyone feeling? I know I’ve been crabby recently and yet even thru my longer work days I have the energy to power through without having that feeling of grogginess. Recently I was having a conversation with my co-worker about the Nutrition Challenge and was explaining its’ purpose and the things I could and could not eat. Surprisingly, he understood and was curious to know more. He started naming certain foods and wanted to know why they weren’t allowed. One food he brought up was corn. It’s the great American vegetable found at family BBQs all over the nation-WRONG! For those of you that were scared into submission at Saturday’s Nutrition Seminar know that “CORN IS A GRAIN!” (to be read in Marcus’ loud thunderous voice).
As I was doing more research to help my co-worker understand the classification of corn, I came across King Corn. King Corn was released in 2007 and has appearances by Michael Pollan and Dr. Loren Cordain. From KingCorn.net:
“King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In the film, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of 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 they 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.”
I highly recommend watching this movie, if you haven’t already done so. It’s available on NetFlix or DVD. The movie is only an hour and a half and chock full of information on the corn industry. If you haven’t already given up traditional beef raised in feed lots, this might make you reconsider. It’s definitely a sad state when Iowa corn producers can’t even eat their own crops.