As last year’s documentary “King Corn” is receiving renewed media interest, and the National Corn Growers Association took exception with a report that aired on a March 13, ABC “Good Morning America” segment.
NCGA wants to "clear the air on a few things." Here's NCGA's response:
First, it’s important to note that the film does not match current realities in corn growing. Filmed back in 2005, it makes much of overproduction, low prices, surplus corn and producing corn for no value or reason. That is quite a contrast to the situation we are in now, where growers and consumers are dealing with high corn demand and record-high prices.
Further, the film has a clear political agenda to influence the farm bill currently before Congress. The film's producers have based an unsubstantiated assault on the corn industry solely on their little experience growing one acre of corn back in 2005 – while U.S. corn growers have been dealing with the issue for generations and planted more than 93 million acres in the last growing season.
In the end, it is ironic that a movie that claims subsidies have distorted farmers’ planting decisions and consumer’s eating habits is itself a production funded by a government subsidy – from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
“This film could have been an excellent vehicle to educate viewers on the lives, dedication, and strong work ethic of corn growers nationwide,” says Ron Litterer, NCGA president. Litterer is a resident of Greene, Iowa – the site of the film. “Unfortunately it fails to communicate to its viewers the efforts by corn growers to develop new markets for the crop.”
Finally, NCGA takes issue with the corn-sweetener issue that the film also hit hard. NCGA argues that when it comes to the assertions about the impact of corn ingredients in food, individuals must take personal responsibility in their dietary habits and that parents especially need to be mindful of what their children are consuming. Moderation in eating, and plenty of exercise, are the best way to prevent obesity.
Source: National Corn Growers Association