Understanding the relationship between our health and our food is a challenge. The following selection of choice documentaries bring insight to our quest for a better health and a thriving environment. Our favorites 'Forks over Knives', 'Fed up', 'Regreening the Desert'.

Changing our Food System!

Population growth, hunger, over-eating, health, environment, food waste, water and soil resources are symptoms of a very sick food system

Waste is food

All of nature’s food is someone else food; let’s duplicate that model.

  • Recycling is actually down-cycling; the result is a lower grade product. Let’s design products that up-cycle.
  • Let’s build sustainable buildings that duplicate nature

These are mind opening concepts in 'waste is food'

Sustainable

A story on how, chefs, farmers and others discuss the sustainable food movement (available on Netflix)

Industrial food production versus small scale organic farming: 'Locally Abundant'

Genetic Roulette

Never-before-seen evidence points to genetically engineered foods as a major contributor to rising disease rates in the U.S. population, especially among children. Gastrointestinal disorders, allergies, inflammatory diseases, and infertility are just some of the problems identified in humans, pets, livestock, and lab animals that eat genetically modified soybeans and corn. Watch it on Hoopla.

Wasted
  • 50% of edible food does not leave the farm (i.e. cauliflower)
  • real food does not have a label!
  • How much food is wasted?
  • CA version (Canada)
  • PT version (Portugal)
Fed up

The FDA as a part of The Department of Agriculture sets policies about Health  while the latter for the production of food: a conflict of interest. 'Fed Up'.

The C word

A personal, important, and surprising documentary about the industries of death that give us cancer, and the unheralded science of prevention: 'The C word'

Living downstream

Cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., travels across North America, working to break the silence about cancer and its environmental links. Available at Nashville Public Library on Hoopla.

Forks over knives

The 2011 documentary 'Forks Over Knives' (free on Netflix) details the largest data ever gathered linking health and cultural diets. America is #1 for meat consumption and ranks 34th for health among the rich nations. Cutting down on meat and dairy is the simplest way on the individual level to contribute to better health and environment. It is unfortunately often overlooked or even dismissed among the Solutions for healthier living and sustainable food production. Also see 'Forks Over Knives: the extended interviews’.

What the Health

Kip Andersen investigate the connection between the meat, dairy, and pharmaceutical industries, as well as various health organizations. Find What the Health on Netflix.

Cowspiracy

The UN reports the most important pollutant on the planet and at the same time the largest source of greenhouse gases is animal production, ie meat, milk and egg. Why do large global environmental organizations remain silent? Find ‘Cowspiracy’ on Netflix.

Abundance on a Dry Land

This film explores the work growers, permaculture designers and educators, showing how intentional design can benefit both humans and nature. Location: northern and southern California, Arizona. Available at Nashville Public Library on Hoopla.

We hope these documentaries are helping separate propaganda and knowledge for a better understanding of the health and food challenge. And let’s not forget 'Forks over Knives', 'Fed up', 'Regreening the Desert' (bottom of the page).