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 Manual – Eating 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.)
87 min|Documentary, Biography|20 May 2011
7.2Rating: 7.2 / 10 from 142 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.
Director:Shelley Lee Davies(co-director), Or Shlomi(co-director) Actors:T. Colin Campbell, Richard Doll, Gidon Eshel, Caldwell Esselstyn Jr.
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (2014)
90 min|Documentary|15 Sep 2015
8.3Rating: 8.3 / 10 from 19,779 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.
Food Matters examines how the food we eat can help or hurt our health. Nutritionists, naturopaths, doctors, and journalists weigh in on such topics as organic food, food safety, raw foodism, and nutritional therapy.
Director:James Colquhoun, Carlo Ledesma Actors:Vicky Blewitt, Ian Brighthope, Jerome Burne, Phillip Day
Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of our Lives (2012)
85 min|Documentary|01 Aug 2012
6.9Rating: 6.9 / 10 from 222 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 …
Director:Jeffrey Smith Actors:Lisa Oz, Robin Bernhoft, Myrto Ashe, Doris Rapp
72 min|Documentary, News|01 Apr 2009
7.4Rating: 7.4 / 10 from 258 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.
Director:Ana Sofia Joanes Actors:Diana Endicott, John Ikerd, Andrew Kimbrell, George Naylor
King Corn (2007)
88 min|Documentary|25 Apr 2009
7.0Rating: 7.0 / 10 from 1,897 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 …
Director:Aaron Woolf Creator:Aaron Woolf, Ian Cheney, Curtis Ellis, Jeffrey K. Miller Actors:Bob Bledsoe, Earl L. Butz, Dawn Cheney, Ian Cheney
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!