Sunday, January 8, 2012

Why watch food documentaries?

 By Tania Lopez

Why watch food documentaries? Well, that is a good question.

For the past several years I've watched several documentaries from religion, culture, taboo, american and international history but never food documentaries until...2011.

In May 2011 I was sent two complimentary invites through Twitter to watch the preview of  Fork Over Knives in New York.  While watching the movie I realized I don't know much about the American food industry.  I go the supermarket, buy the ingredients, cook the food and eat it. Of course I select fresh but selecting fresh and organic food isn't enough. And what about fast food? Do we really know where that food is coming from? Do we know how they cook it?  All those questions came to my mind during the movie some were answered and others were not.  I wanted answers to those questions and that is when my curiousity for food documentaries began.

Food documentaries can be just about that FOOD history of food, making of food, buying food, processing food, food intake and more. There are so many of them, it is not easy to choose which ones won't allow me to drink three cups of Bustelo coffee just to keep me awake during the movie. I started to research a few. First I looked over their website, read their about page, watch the trailer and Youtube, read the Youtube comments, and Google for reviews. If one of the reviews sparked a question in me or was close to answering one of my previous questions, I knew I had to watch it.

Ok let me make this long story short and get to the point...

Here are MY TOP 6 FAVORITE FOOD DOCUMENTARIES

"With access to better information people invariably make better choices for their health..."
~Food Matters

1. Food, Inc
Website: http://www.foodincmovie.com/index.php
Food, Inc. exposes America's industrialized food system and its effect on our environment, health, economy and workers' rights.


2. Super Size Me
While examining the influence of the fast food industry, Morgan Spurlock personally explores the consequences on his health of a diet of solely McDonald's food for one month.
What surprised me the most about this movie was the part when a young kid was asked who is Jesus and who is Ronald McDonald. The answer will surprise you too.


3. King Corn
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 college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America's most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat-and how we farm Written by King Corn
 

4.  DIRT! The Movie
Website:  http://www.dirtthemovie.org/
DIRT! The Movie--directed and produced by Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow--takes you inside the wonders of the soil. It tells the story of Earth's most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility--from its miraculous beginning to its crippling degradation. 


5. Food Matters
Website: http://www.foodmatters.tv/
With nutritionally-depleted foods, chemical additives and our tendency to rely upon pharmaceutical drugs to treat what's wrong with our malnourished bodies, it's no wonder that modern society is getting sicker. Food Matters sets about uncovering the trillion dollar worldwide 'sickness industry' and gives people some scientifically verifiable solutions for overcoming illness naturally.


6. Food Stamped
Website: http://www.foodstamped.com/
Food Stamped is an informative and humorous documentary film following a couple as they attempt to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet on a food stamp budget. Through their adventures they consult with members of U.S. Congress, food justice organizations, nutrition experts, and people living on food stamps to take a deep look at America’s broken food system.


Comments appreciated...What is your favorite food documentary and why?