3 Food Documentaries That Could Change the World
Since the 2004 release of “Super-Size Me,” food documentaries have intrigued our country. Educational, if often alarming, these films strive to make us aware of what we’re putting in our bodies on a daily basis. And, truthfully, it isn’t pretty.
Below are three terrific, eye-opening documentaries that will make you see food in an entirely new light. These movies attempt to inspire the change our broken food system desperately needs.
Watching “Food, Inc.” is an enlightening, yet frightening, experience; you’ll be alarmed at what you unknowingly consume.
Delving into the politics and methods of global food production, this 2008 feature documentary explores the conditions under which food is grown, harvested and produced. By examining the politics of labeling, the genetic engineering of produce and a variety of animal abuses, “Food, Inc.” makes a strong case that corporate farming is exclusively interested in bigger and faster, regardless of ethical animal treatment or human health consequences.
The film presents a number of frightening facts on the diminishing accountability of corporate farms including “In 1972, the FDA conducted approximately 50,000 food safety inspections. In 2006, the FDA conducted 9,164.” Scary stuff.
Another documentary from 2008, this eye-opening film explores the link between what we eat and how we feel. Like “Food, Inc.”, “Food Matters” is highly critical of the corporatized food industry both in America and abroad.
With an emphasis on the health care field, “Food Matters” suggests the medical profession is either ignorant of the health ramifications of conventional food or flat out in cahoots with the food industry.
Advocating “rawism” (the practice of eating uncooked fruits and vegetables) and homeopathic remedies, the documentary posits that you are what you eat – that food does, indeed, matter.
This 2010 documentary on the nutritional and weight loss benefits of juicing details the filmmaker’s journey to regain his health. One hundred pounds overweight and suffering from an autoimmune disease, Joe Cross sets off on a cross-country trek vowing to only drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice for 60 days.
Interviewing Americans along the way, Cross details his journey to better health with humor and heart.
An inspiring tale of healing and human connection, “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” advocates taking your health into your own hands, ditching the pharmaceuticals and rebalancing your diet.
Take a look at these documentaries, do some research and decide for yourself. Currently, you can watch the first two films on Netflix instant streaming and “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” for free on Hulu.
Look out for more food documentary reviews next month on the Full Circle blog. Do you have a favorite we should check out? Share it in the comments below.