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Killer at Large, King Corn, & Food, Inc. is a post from Chris Pirillo


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Someone in our chat room asked me if I had watched any movies lately that I would recommend to everyone. I’ve seen a few seriously good films that dealt with technology in some way – even though it wasn’t in a way you might expect. Three movies in particular stand out: Killer at Large, King Corn and Food, Inc.

Corn production in the United States has exploded in recent years, in direct correlation with obesity rates. Corn is the heaviest subsidized crop in America. As we use more and more corn in our food supply, the amount of obese people also started to rise. You may think this is a conspiracy theory. However, ask a farmer what the best way is to sell their cattle at the market. The answer is that you have to fatten them up. How do you do that? You feed them more corn.

I don’t have anything personal against corn. But if you really want to get a better handle on what’s happening to society, you best understand what’s happening with our food supply. It’s a huge deal – we all have to eat. It’s not only about cutting junk food out of your diet. Problems exist in nearly all food we buy unless we eat organically.

America has become stronger because our food costs less. It’s cheaper to buy a candy bar than it is to buy a stalk of broccoli. You may get energy and calories from the candy, but are those calories worth anything?

Even a few decades ago, we didn’t see much high fructose corn syrup on the market. It has been proven that there is a direct link between the amount of high fructose corn syrup in the diet and the rate at which Americans are contracting Type II Diabetes.

I’m not trying to tell you how to eat or live your life. I’m just trying to open your mind by pointing you towards these movies. Expand your mind and then decide how you want to live your life.

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