Back in September, we told you about a new independent film called King Corn that, as the title suggested, was poised to blow the roof off the concept of the American food industry by telling us that everything – and I mean everything – we eat contains corn!
As a reminder, the story focuses on two recent college grads who embark on a journey to grow their own crop of corn and follow the grain – yes, grain, not vegetable – cycle from seedling to dinner plate. Over the course of the film, the men learn about the rigors – or really, lack of – behind growing corn as well as all sorts of buried information about how corn has infiltrated just about every facet of our modern food chain.
Now, we are excited to inform you that the film, which got picked up for theatrical distribution last fall, will now be aired on PBS (check the local listings to figure out when you should tune in!) as part of its Emmy award-winning “Independent Lens” series.
While we’re super excited about the fact that the film is airing, we’re also pretty impressed with PBS’s promotional site for the film, which you can log on to here. We love the diaries of the Independent Lens staffers who decided, like the men in the film, to cut corn completely from their diets for one full week – plus the one staffer, Jen, dishes out some pretty good-sounding recipes! The website also condenses a number of tips and tricks you can employ – relatively painlessly – to reduce the amount of corn in your diet and your reliance on the corn industry as a whole.
Be sure to check what time the film will be airing in your region and let us know what you think! We’re sure you’ll be amaized!