Posted Online: Oct. 01, 2012, 12:41 pm

King Corn documentary to be shown Oct. 5

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Press release submitted by Margaret Thomas

The documentary King Corn will be shown free of charge Friday, October 5, at 6:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Quad Cities, 3707 Eastern Ave., Davenport. It's part of a series of environmental films shown the first Friday of each month at the Congregation's building. The film is described as follows:

King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In the film, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, 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, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat—and how we farm.