Perhaps you’re tired of hearing about food and have trouble keeping up with the hottest diet or food movement out there. Probably you’ve had enough of all things gluten-free, paleo, vegan, organic and “healthy”, to be honest, I don’t blame you, I know I have. As a person blessed with no food allergies, intolerances and a healthy appetite, I am tired of labels and crave a nourishing, yet mindful diet. If, by any chance, you want to find out where the food at the supermarkets comes from and make up your own mind about things, I highly recommend watching at least some of the following food documentaries. They are real eye openers to say the very least. Armed with knowledge, perhaps we’ll all think twice about buying soya milk instead of cow’s milk from a local farmer. I know I will.
Food, Inc. – Filmmaker Robert Kenner exposes corporate farming in the United States, concluding that it produces food that is unhealthy, in a manner that is detrimental to the environment and abusive of both animals and employees.
The World According to Monsanto looks at their unforgiving company policy, delving into the issue of their dominance of patents on genetically engineered seeds and pesticides.
Meat the Truth hits home when it demonstrates the devastating effect livestock farming has and its contribution to greenhouse gas emission worldwide.
King Corn investigates how big a role corn production plays in the U.S. food economy.
Super Size Me have you ever thought you could live off of nothing but fast food? Morgan Spurlock spends 30 days eating nothing but McDonald’s, walking less than a mile a day, all while investigating the company’s practices and impact on our everyday life.
Food Stamped follows a nutrition educator and her husband as they do their best to eat healthy food on a $50 week food stamp budget.
There are a lot of other documentaries worth adding to the list, but these are the only ones that I’ve seen so far and would really recommend. I know from experience that it is very confusing trying to find a diet, dare I say lifestyle, that suits you, but is still respectful of the world we live in. If you do choose to watch these documentaries, most likely you’ll face an internal struggle, but it’s so worth it.
You might be wondering why this is something I am writing about, but being someone who loves cooking, food, and dreaming about one day owning a farm and producing for family and the community , it is crucial to have my beliefs challenged as much as possible. There are so many things wrong about mass food production (both meat and diary, but also the way grains, vegetables and other “greener” options are being produced) and it really needs to be revolutionized. As consumers, we have the power to bring about change, but in order to make better choices it is of utmost importance that we educate ourselves as much as possible concerning the issue.
Please let me know if you have any other documentary or even book recommendations. Hope you have a great day!