Movies, Books and More

You may not think of your­self as a polit­i­cal per­son but every time you buy food at the gro­cery store, you are vot­ing for that item with your dol­lars.  Below is a selec­tion of movies, books and web­sites that shed some light on where your food comes from, how it affects our envi­ron­ment and why you should care.

Movies:

Dirt! The Movie: Nev­er thought of dirt much?  This movie will give you a new respect for it.  If you care about your envi­ron­ment you will care about dirt. 

Fresh: Movie that cel­e­brates farm­ers, thinkers and busi­ness peo­ple who are chang­ing our food sys­tem for the bet­ter.

Food Inc.: How our food sup­ply is con­trolled by a few cor­po­ra­tions which put prof­its ahead of con­sumer health.

Forks over Knives: This movie exam­ines the claim how our cur­rent diet, heavy on meat and processed foods, is the cause of many of our cur­rent chron­ic dis­eases. And how most of our “dis­eases of afflu­ence” could be helped by adopt­ing a plant-based, whole foods diet.

King Corn: Two best friends move to the heart­land to grow an acre of corn.  This movie exam­ines how our food is grown from seed to din­ner table.

The Future of Food: A doc­u­men­tary cov­er­ing the key issues on the indus­tri­al­iza­tion of agri­cul­ture and genet­ic engi­neer­ing.  Did you know that nerve gas was mod­i­fied to make insec­ti­cide?  Watch for free here:   http://www.thefutureoffood.com/onlinevideo.html

The Cove: Acad­e­my Award ® Win­ner for best doc­u­men­tary in 2009.  Remem­ber Flip­per?  Richard O’Barry, train­er of Flip­pers (there were 5 of them), now atones for that sin.  An activist for the preser­va­tion of dol­phins, sheds light on the bru­tal killings in Tai­ji, Japan and why you should not pay mon­ey to go to “Sea­world”.  Not for the faint-heart­ed.

Van­ish­ing of the Bees: Hon­ey Bees pro­duce more than just hon­ey, they pol­li­nate our crops which grow our fruits and veg­eta­bles.  But our bees are dis­ap­pear­ing, this doc­u­men­tary explains the shock­ing truth.

 Queen of the Sun:  What are the Bees Telling Us?:  A look at the glob­al bee cri­sis, its caus­es, solu­tions and how it affects our lives.

Open book and glassesBooks:

The Omni­vores Dilem­ma by Michael Pollen.

In Defense of Food by Michael Pollen

What to Eat by Mar­i­on Nes­tle


 

 

 

 

Web­sites:

Cen­ter for a Liv­able Future.  Johns Hop­kins Uni­ver­si­ty.  http://www.jhsph.edu/clf/

What is Sus­tain­able Agri­cul­ture?  Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia.  http://www.sarep.ucdavis.edu/concept.htm

Sus­tain­able table.  http://www.sustainabletable.org

Real Time Farms.  This web­site lets you search, by zip code, for farms, food arti­sans, restau­rants which use local ingre­di­ents and where you can by local foods. http://www.realtimefarms.com/

 



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