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.


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:

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






Center for a Livable Future.  Johns Hopkins University.

What is Sustainable Agriculture?  University of California.

Sustainable table.

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.


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