Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Not Too Corny!


Just a super quick post to let you know that King Corn, the independent movie documenting just how much corn we Americans consume, will be showing on PBS this week. Here in the Bay Area, it is showing tonight (!) so check your local listings. If you are like me and have been meaning to watch this documentary for like forever but have never gotten around to signing up for a NetFlix account and your library doesn't have it, watch it or TiVo it and corn it up.

12 comments:

Crunchy Chicken said...

Shitballs. I forgot that was on tonight. Oh well, I guess I'll just have to get it from NetFlix.

Green Bean said...

Well, it's not like I gave a ton of notice. I just found out about it and hoped I might catch someone. You have TiVo? Oh well, you have NetFlix which means you are more organized than I!

Beany said...

Recently, WHYY had a free screening for King Corn that I attended. I enjoyed the movie. Its crazy how corn is so prevalent here.

In another documentary about Monsanto, I learned that alot of the corn grown in the U.S. is GMOed which is even scarier. I'm glad I've learned so much about the food system, but I wonder how many people would be willing change their food shopping habits now that conventional food prices are going up. On the other hand, maybe organic eggs and milk prices won't seem that high compared with conventional food prices.

DramaMama said...

It's on again on Thurs (7:30am and 1:30pm) and again another day. I watched it last night and I am so glad I did. Ugh - it makes me shudder a little. My husband was curious if they started out w/an agenda or just stumbled on this. Yeah...but I think everyone should see it. Just to be aware.

Green Bean said...

Beany: I'll need to check out the Monsanto documentary - though it makes me shudder to even think about that company. Interesting point about the increasing prices. Hopefully p'eople will think twice - we are what we eat. However, for my buying club (local organic dairy, eggs, meat, cheese) I've fielded over 100 emails but only about 15 people have ever actually ordered. Most see the price list and I never hear from them again.

DramaMama: I see your husband's point - my husband called 11th Hour "Propaganda". He still was extremely persuaded by it. I TiVo'ed King Corn as it was on here at 11pm last night and, well, I'm really tired. I'll watch it tonight. Can't wait!

arduous said...

Yay! I've been meaning to watch this forever.

CindyW said...

When we got Tivo, everyone laughed at us - you don't have cable, not even the basic kind. What heck are you going to Tivo? Well, turns out they are mostly right because even when I want to Tivo a program (like King Corn) on networks, I forget! Love Netflix though. So will definitely put in the queue.

kendra said...

I will definately have to remember to watch. I hadn't heard of it before, but it's definately something I'm interested in. Thanks for the heads up.

organicneedle said...

If you are trying to avoid corn, now is a great time to stock up on things. Corn is a no-no for passover so many companies make kosher for passover foods without it. Even Coke makes kosher for passover soda with real sugar verses corn syrup, the original recipe. Just make sure it says kosher for passover, not just kosher.

Green Bean said...

Great point, organic needle! My oldest son was intolerant of corn for a couple of years and we always stocked up at Passover. It is extremely difficult to find food with no corn. You end up making all of your own and eating more produce - not a bad thing, really!

N. & J. said...

Lacking tivo or a recording option I was only able to catch about half of the program. It didn't start until 10pm local time which is a bit late for us "old people" What I did see was pretty interesting although most of it was stuff I learned by reading "The Twinkie Deconstructed" and "Our Stolen Future." But I added it to my Netflix list (it comes out on the 29th) so that I can see the second half of the movie. My fiance now wants to grow our own heirloom corn and I just want to avoid it and all it's permutations entirely.

Green Bean said...

Hey, this old fogey can't stay up that late either - or I stay up that late and look like Godzilla in the morning.

We are actually planting heirloom corn this year - the kids wanted to. I see your point though!

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