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King Corn Story to Air

March 24, 2008

King Corn, a new, one-hour documentary that explores troubling questions about American eating habits and farming practices, will premiere on Milwaukee Public Television (MPTV-10) on the PBS series Independent Lens on MPTV-10 Tuesday, April 15, at 9 p.m.

King Corn is told from the viewpoint of two friends, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, who graduated from Yale in 2004. Concerned about the American obesity epidemic, they decided to raise some corn and follow its trail into the food market.

With the help of friendly neighbors and the tools of modern farmers--genetically modified seeds, nitrogen fertilizers and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America's most-productive, most subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, they find that the fat of the land is fattening us up.

Their journey raises troubling questions about how we eat--and how we farm. The filmmakers find that the abundance of corn is helping to make fast food cheap and consumers sick; it is driving animals into confinement and farmers off the land.

Independent Lens is an Emmy® Award-winning weekly PBS series. The anthology series features documentaries and a limited number of fiction films created by independent producers.

MPTV is a viewer-supported service of Milwaukee Area Technical College.