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Nicole E. Cogan December 4, 2008 TA: Jum; Section 204 ‘King Corn’ Extra Credit Assignment King Corn is a documentary about two friends, Ian Chaney and Curt Ellis, who decide to move to Iowa to grow an acre of corn after finding out that our bodies are mainly composed of corn. They purchase genetically modified corn for planting, and grow a crop of corn. To the duo’s surprise, the corn they grew wasn’t the sweet-tasting corn-on-the-cob they were expecting; rather, it was corn bred specifically for industrial applications. This leads the two to trace the distribution of their crop and discover what happens to this corn after it is grown. After thorough research, the two discover that the majority of corn produced is destined for one of two industries: animal feed or corn syrup. Corn is used in the vast majority of products we use today, and although we don’t know it, it is a part of our everyday life. The movie, ‘King Corn’ relates to many of the core concepts
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Unformatted text preview: we have learned in class throughout the semester, mainly the core concept on social classes. As Ian and Curt experienced first-hand, they went from the industrialized city of Boston, where established and accomplished individuals support the economy, to the rural town of Greene, Iowa, where the townspeople work hard in hopes of having enough money to simply provide food for their families on a daily basis. To Ian and Curt, the work they were doing was bizarre, and they often made jokes about the labor they had to do. However, the work the two friends did and the lives they lived is the work that the farmers of Greene, Iowa do daily and the lives they must live every day. Also, the concept of social hierarchies is evident within the town of Greene, Iowa. Inequality exists amongst farmers as big farms continue to get bigger while little farms suffer....
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