[permaculture] King Corn

Trudie Redding tredding at mail.utexas.edu
Mon Mar 24 09:38:10 EDT 2008

I have found that less is more in documentaries. It is really hard to
document a situation and not force your view of the situation on the
audience. Wait awhile, you will see that the info in King Korn kicks in
gradually, as you read other books about water conservation or farming
or the Civil War. The biography of John Todd,life on the plains, the
emotional reasons people moved there. I'm trying to get through the book
Ogallala (underground shrinking water reserves under Kansas Texas,
Colorado, I forget where else)
I have found that I gradually started reading the food ingredient
labels. Also the new biodegradable cartons are made out of some part of
the corn harvest. I have a biodegradable spoon that I have been washing
and reusing for 6 months and it is as strong and non-porous as ever, I
wonder what temp it has to get to before it biodegrades?
My point is, everything connects. In order to be informed, parts of many
documentaries, filter through your mind along with other modes of
education and you get an ah ha! Moment
The most sickening thing to me was the way they both ate junk food all
the way through the film. But think back to comfort food, this is
comfort food for people in that age group who live in cities with fast
food restaurants. What a hard habit that is to break. Even showing their
food habits is documenting.

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Subject: [permaculture] King Corn

I just watched King Corn and found it to be somewhat interesting, though
question the methodology used, as using conventional agriculture
on any one acre of land is one more acre of land cut out of organic
production for a period of time. I feel, though, that the movie may be a
really good tool for outreach  to those communities that may perhaps
understand the unsustainability of commodity crops, but may not
that we are all made of corn, or that corn is the prevalent ingredient
our daily consumptive lives.

On the other hand, the movie doesn't offer any practical advice on how
create a sustainable alternative to commodity crops, nor does it present
real alternatives that actually exist, in terms of farming, so I was
with a somewhat empty feeling at the end. Nice production, little

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