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King Corn Student Worksheet

This 2009 documentary explores the changes that have occured in plant agriculture since the Green Revolution of the 1960s and 1970s, and how government subsidy programs have influenced our entire food system. Two friends go to Iowa and lease an acre of farmland to grow their own corn. In the process, the learn about fertilizer, tractors, herbicides, and the eventual fate of the corn they produce -- likely as animal feed or a sweetener called high fructose corn syrup.

This worksheet contains critical thinking questions for students to consider and answer as they watch each segment of the documentary.

Essential concepts: Plant agriculture, factory farming, industrialized agriculture, nutrition, human health, farm subsidies, Green revolution, herbicides, fertilizer, cattle production.

Answer Key: Available at the environmental science instructor resources subscription page.

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