Wednesday, January 7, 2009

'King Corn' Filmmaker Visits Washington College for Screening of Acclaimed Documentary

Chestertown, MD — The Center for Environment & Society at Washington College invites you to bring a bag of popcorn (if you dare) and join filmmaker Ian Cheney for a screening and discussion of his acclaimed documentary "King Corn" at Litrenta Lecture Hall on Tuesday, January 27, at 7 p.m.

This feature documentary raises troubling questions about how we eat—and how we farm. Released in 2007, the film was hailed by the Boston Globe as an "enormously entertaining moral, socio-economic odyssey through the American food industry."

Behind America's hamburgers and 72-ounce sodas is a key ingredient that quietly fuels our fast-food nation: corn.

In "King Corn," recent college graduates Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis leave the East Coast and move to the nation's heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant one acre of Iowa soil and grow a bumper crop of America's most-planted, most-processed, most-subsidized grain.

But when they try to follow their harvest into the food system, they uncover the devastating impact that corn is having on the environment, public health, and family farms. Almost everything Americans eat contains corn: high-fructose corn syrup, corn-fed meat, and corn-based processed foods are the staples of the modern diet.

Litrenta Lecture Hall is located in the John S. Toll Science Center. Admission to the screening of "King Corn" with filmmaker Ian Cheney is free and open to the public. For more information, visit or call 410-810-7161.

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