There are some great documentaries and movies out there on our food system. Some are viewable online, others can be picked up on Netflix, or at your local video store. These are some I have found.
1. Dirt: The Movie (2009)
A funny, thoughtful, and, um grounded look at the fundamental ingredient vital to everything that feeds us.
2. Food Fight (2008)
An amusing account of modern American ag policy and food culture that sprouted a counter-revolution among veggie-obsessed Californians.
3. Food, Inc. (2008)
The rock stars of the ethical eating movement — Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser — weigh in on all that is wrong in America’s industrialized food system. Methinks my son summed up this film best: “Sometimes the scariest films are the ones that are real.”
4. Fresh (2009)
Down with the corporate behemoths of the American food economy who threaten the country’s food security, livelihood of small farmers, and our choices as consumers. This doco features fresh thinking from urban farming activist Will Allen and sustainable farmer Joel Salatin.
5. Killer at Large (2008)
This film tackles the giant-sized topic of America’s obesity epidemic with talking heads and the story of a 12-year-old who undergoes liposuction.
6. King Corn (2007)
Two friends head to the heartland to learn a thing or two about how food is farmed and where food comes from.
7. Super Size Me (2004)
Cult classic with Morgan Spurlock eating his way to bad health on a month’s worth of Maccas. Required viewing for fast food fans.
8. The Garden (2008)
A group of mostly working class, Latino South Central Farmers fought the good fight — and they’re still at it — for the basic human need to grow food, in this Academy Award nominated film.
9. The Future of Food (2004)
Deborah Koons Garcia reveals the unappetizing truth about genetically modified foods: Do you really know what you’re dishing up for dinner?
10. The Real Dirt on Farmer John (2006)
A flamboyant farmer turns his family’s dying farm into a thriving CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). Bonus: He flaunts a feather boa while driving his tractor.
11. Food Stamped (2010?)
Special mention to a work-in-progress: A film-and-food couple reveal how hard it is to eat well on a really tight budget.
12. Leap of Faith: Fast Lane to Farmstead
And some more: