In the spirit of last month’s Golden Globes, Oscars, Spirit awards, and the awards season in general, we thought we would look at some food and nutrition related films. There are many debates and politics around how the food we eat impacts our bodies as well as the environment, and each of these movies presents their own view while also providing some entertainment value. So if you’re interested in what all the hullabaloo is about, check these out and enjoy!
Troubled by the idea that the nation’s growing obesity epidemic is putting their generation at risk of having a shorter life span than their parents, two young filmmakers—Ian Cheney and Curtis Ellis—set out for Iowa to grow an acre of the “nation’s most powerful crop” and document the results, showing the potential destruction of growing GMO corn on society as well as our health.
The same two filmmakers as King Corn look at the water contamination that can result from industrial agriculture’s use of chemicals. This short film sets out to help us “think beyond our plates” and notice how every food decision we make has an environmental impact.
This Academy Award nominee for best documentary in 2010 uncovers some of the hidden facts about the way Americans’ food is produced and how the food supply is controlled by a handful of corporations. This movie attempts to tackle topics such as industrial meat production and large scale production of vegetables and grain.
This film celebrates farmers, activists and business people who are working for change in areas such as food contamination, the rapid depletion of natural resources and the nation’s obesity epidemic. This film is a solution-focused film that aims to help consumers understand the importance of the food choices that they make from both a financial and health standpoint.
The End of the Line
This documentary examines the devastating effects of overfishing on the world’s oceans and how our current fishing habits are unsustainable for the planet.
This documentary follows one father’s search for answers to the question “What are we feeding our families?” and examines the risks of GMOs.
Vanishing of the Bees
This documentary details the economic, political and ecological consequences of a puzzling phenomenon: a dwindling world of honeybee population.
A documentary that examines the role of the bottled water industry and its effects on our health, climate change, pollution and our reliance on oil.
Forks Over Knives and Forks Over Knives–the Extended Interviews
These “heavy on the science” movies explore the possibility of actually turning around a disease like cancer by eating a plant-based diet.
This movie looks at processed foods and super-sized portions. Narrated by Katie Couric, it attempts to link sugar consumption with obesity.
In Organic We Trust
America has a fascination with organic food, but do we really know what organic means? This movie dives into the marketing behind the label.
The Perfect Human Diet
Sometimes it sounds like the food media is just randomly picking ingredients that we all should eat. In this film, scientists and nutritionists attempt to examine biology and physiology in order to find the ideal human diet.
Killer at Large
This documentary looks at the social and political problems that go along with rising obesity rates in the U.S.
Ingredients: The Local Food Movement Takes Root
Leaders of the “locavore” food movement such as Alice Waters and Peter Hoffman demonstrate their viewpoint on the dangers of America’s industrialized food system.