Friday, June 24, 2011

Food for Film

The week of eating awareness continues with an adventure into film.   Movies about sustainable food, eating for health, etc...make the topic much more accessible.  Many people who wouldn't sit down to read one of the books I recommended (or at least have to work up some major motivation mojo for the task) enjoy catching a movie.   Plus movies provide something special for visual and/or auditory learners.

Here are some food flicks that got me thinking...

Food, Inc.:  As I mentioned on Monday, it's not just about the food we eat, but how it is grown and harvested.  Food, Inc. takes on factory farming, genetically modified seeds, and other industry giants and standards in need of serious questioning.  This isn't just for vegetarians, it's for anyone who eats.  The website also has great resources for getting more info on the issues and taking action as well as a reading list.

Supersize Me:  With at least 1 in 4 of American meals being fast food, it is necessary to take a serious look at what that industry does to the planet, the animals, and our health.  Also, good for anyone who has ever eaten or plans on ever eating fast food.  Supersize Me is available for viewing on Hulu.

Forks Over Knives: I've talked about this one before.  It is a must see for anyone with serious health problems (high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, cancer, etc...) and anyone seriously looking to improve what health they have.

Food Matters: Another one for those with health problems or looking to significantly improve their health through food.  This movie also talks a lot about vitamins.  What I enjoyed most about it was the emphasis on personal responsibility in health.  We must demand that nutrition be used in treating health and we must be willing to do the work to let nutrition heal us.  I am told this is available on Netflix instant stream, but I got it from itunes.

Earthlings: I must warn you by saying that this movie is not for everyone.  It is very, very graphic and difficult to watch.  However, it is reality.  This film focuses on animal rights in everything from pets to entertainment to food production.  It will force you to remove your head from the sand and look at your lifestyle habits and how they effect the world.  You can view it for free on the movie's website.

What food flicks changed your eating habits?


Tina said...

Great list! I was able to watch Food Matters on Netflix streaming. Food, Inc. is a film I share with the people in my life in hopes that they will start asking questions. I haven't seen the last one on the list, so I'll have to check it out. Thanks.

Van said...

Thank you for the suggestions, I need to watch all of these and read the books, too. I loved Super Size Me and the book version of Fast Food Nation greatly, excellent works.