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What food is good for my health? What food is good for my family? What food is good for a sustainable world? How is our food produced? Should I eat meat, be vegetarian or vegan? If any of these questions seem intriguing then you will enjoy this post.

Over the past few years I have been on the search to explore these questions and in the process discovered some powerful books and documentaries that shed light on the latest research on this topic. This area of the film world is definitely full of controversy with many of the films contradicting each other in terms of what is “good” and what is “bad.” It is understandable that in the midst of this frantic world we don’t all have the time to research this subject to work out the good from bad and if you’re short on time, my most easily-digestible recommendation for eating well would be to pickup a copy of Michael Pollan’s – Food Rules: An Eater’s ManualEating doesn’t have to be so complicated. In this age of ever-more elaborate diets and conflicting health advice, Food Rules brings a welcome simplicity to our daily decisions about food. (I’m not saying it’s the answer, but this book offers ‘a set of straightforward, memorable rules for eating wisely.’)


Here is our list of the Top 10 Documentaries on Food, Health & Agriculture (in no particular order.)

1.

Planeat (2010)
87 min|Documentary, Biography|20 May 2011
7.5Rating: 7.5 / 10 from 105 users
The story of three men's life-long search for a diet which is good for our health, the environment and the future of our planet – showcasing some of the best food you have ever seen.

2.

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (2014)
85 min|Documentary|15 Sep 2015
8.4Rating: 8.4 / 10 from 11,497 users
Follow the shocking, yet humorous, journey of an aspiring environmentalist, as he daringly seeks to find the real solution to the most pressing environmental issues and true path to sustainability.

3.

Food, Inc. (2008)
94 min|Documentary|31 Jul 2009
7.9Rating: 7.9 / 10 from 43,935 users
An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry.

4.

Fed Up (2014)
92 min|Documentary|19 Jan 2014
7.7Rating: 7.7 / 10 from 8,725 users
An examination of America's obesity epidemic and the food industry's role in aggravating it.

5.

Earthlings (2005)
95 min|Documentary, Horror|24 Sep 2005
8.7Rating: 8.7 / 10 from 13,368 users
Using hidden cameras and never-before-seen footage, Earthlings chronicles the day-to-day practices of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit.

6.

Food Matters (2008)
80 min|Documentary|N/A
7.7Rating: 7.7 / 10 from 3,812 users
Food Matter examines how the food we eat can help or hurt our health. Nutritionists, naturopaths, doctors, and journalists weigh in on topics organic food, food safety, raw foodism, and nutritional therapy.

7.

Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of our Lives (2012)
85 min|Documentary|01 Aug 2012
7.0Rating: 7.0 / 10 from 195 users
When the US government ignored repeated warnings by its own scientists and allowed untested genetically modified (GM) crops into our environment and food supply, it was a gamble of …

8.

Fresh (2009)
72 min|Documentary, News|01 Apr 2009
7.4Rating: 7.4 / 10 from 241 users
There are still efficient ways to produce healthy fresh organic food in a time where most food is being mass produced by corporations in less than hygienic ways. Country farmers and urban farmers explain.

9.

King Corn (2007)
88 min|Documentary|25 Apr 2009
7.1Rating: 7.1 / 10 from 1,737 users
King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In King Corn, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from …

10.

Top-10-Documentaries-On-FoodBBC Horizon
Sugar V Fat
– What’s worse for us: sugar or fat? To answer the hottest question in nutrition, twin doctors Chris and Xand Van Tulleken go on month long high-fat and high-sugar diets. The effects on their bodies are shocking and surprising.
Should I Eat Meat? – The Big Health Dilemma – Dr Michael Mosley seeks to establish the truth about meat. Are those barbecue favourites like burgers and sausages really that bad? Should we all go vegetarian instead?
Should I Eat Meat? – How to Feed the Planet – Dr Michael Mosley examines the impact eating meat has on the planet and finds out what meat eco-friendly carnivores should be buying: free-range organic or factory-farmed meat.


Of course there are many more films on this topic and if you have watched one which has had a strong impact on your eating habits please post in the comments section underneath as we would love to hear what you have to say! We may even include it in this Top 10 Documentaries on Food post!

  • ItzeLGarr

    I would just add “Racing Extinction” it’s great, I love the photography, the music.. it might make you tear down a bit but seriously you have to watch it, though is more of a Climate Change Documentary but I mean it’s all related 🙂

    • Matt Jongbloet – Wordspreader

      Aloha @itzelgarr:disqus – Thanks for the recommendation and response. Any film that has great photography, music and is linked to creating a more harmonious planet. I’m definitely down for watching. 🙂

  • Anubhav Agarwala

    There is a documentary called “Dirt: The movie”.
    It’s about the soil which grows the food of all life forms on the face of this planet.
    PS-: Thank you so much for this amazing list of movies. I am eager to watch them all.

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