Wolf and I watch King Corn the other night. It was excellent. A 7 on my scale.
The film taught Wolf and I some interesting things. First, the cost of food has significantly decreased since the 1920s or so. I don’t remember the exact figure, but something like 30% of one’s income was taken by food costs in the early part of the last century. Now, it’s only about 19% because food is more abundant.
However, the quality of the food has decreased hugely. Food has less nutritional value than ever before. More and more food contains high fructose corn syrup, which, of course, is making us really, really fat. And diabetic. There’s a really amusing scene in the movie where the filmmakers make their own HFCS, then taste it.
The film is based on the idea the two filmmakers had. They move to Iowa from the Boston area to raise an acre of corn. Go watch it and see what else happens.