The 10 Best Food Documentaries of All Time
Take a look at this list of great documentaries about food—some that celebrate what and how we eat, and others that will make you think twice about your relationship with food.
10. The Real Dirt on Farmer John (2005)
Free spirit Midwestern farmer John Peterson struggles to save his farm in the face of the declining agricultural system in America. Friend and director Taggart Siegel effectively uses John’s story to depict the larger picture of the decline of agrarian life and the rise of the community-based, local/organic food movement in the U.S. today.
9. Food Fight (2008)
Chris Taylor’s slick, ambitious documentary uses star-studded testimony by food celebrities like writer Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma) and Wolfgang Puck to tell the story of how food has changed in America, and to tout the growing organic-food movement. A worthy film, it makes effective arguments even if the dazzling array of culinary stars and the wide breadth of information sometimes leaves out the particulars.
8. All in This Tea (2007)
A lifelong obsession with tea takes aficionado David Lee Hoffman on a journey to the tea plantations and factories of China. Celebrated documentarian Les Blank follows him, using his hand-held camera to create an intimate, evocative film about the tastes, scents and, ultimately, people behind the best tea in the world.
7. The Price of Sugar (2007)
This devastating film about the deplorable, oppressive conditions of immigrant Haitian sugar cane workers in the Dominican Republic will make you think twice before sweetening your coffee. Paul Newman narrates the film directed by Bill Haney.
6. Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers (1980)
This ode to all things garlic is a sumptuous, loving tribute to the smelliest bulb that we eat. The famed Les Blank alternates visceral shots of garlic dishes being made with testimony about its health and culinary virtues from garlic experts in a passionate portrayal of all things pungent.
5. King Corn (2007)
The most subsidized and ubiquitous American crop is explored in this documentary about two friends who plant an acre of corn and follow it from seed to food products. Director Aaron Woolf presents a provocative film about America’s increasingly controversial agricultural staple.
4. The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil (2006)
In the face of economic embargo from the West and the fall of the Soviet Union in 1990, Cuba’s access to fossil fuels dropped dramatically. In an effort to remain self-sufficient in this crisis, the island country managed to transition successfully from huge, oil-dependent plantations to small organic farms and urban gardens. Filmmaker Faith Morgan centers her story on agriculture, not politics, in an instructive and hopeful film about how to deal with the economic and environmental uncertainties of our future.
3. Our Daily Bread (2006)
Austrian filmmaker Nikolaus Geyrhalter unflinchingly presents a stark, cruelly beautiful look at industrialized food production in Western Europe. With no narration, no information about specific locations and little exposition, Geyrhalter’s unique approach skillfully and powerfully presents all the information needed to inspire the viewer to question the source of their food.
2. Super Size Me (2004)
At turns funny, outrageous and disturbing, celebrity documentarian Morgan Spurlock steps in front of the camera to participate in a 30-day experiment in fast-food eating. Eating McDonald’s morning, noon and night causes him numerous health problems at an alarmingly immediate rate. A picture is worth a thousand words, and Spurlock’s brutally honest depiction of the multiple, often ugly, physical and emotional ailments resulting from his new diet is the most effective cautionary tale that could have been made about the most ubiquitous fast-food chain in America.
1. Food, Inc. (2009)
Director Robert Kenner creates a persuasive and utterly effective diatribe against 21st-century food production and eating practices in the U.S. He travels from slaughterhouses to agricultural conglomerates to family farms to explore the fallout of the ways we consume food. Discussing the obesity epidemic, health disasters like e. coli outbreaks and political apathy, Kenner highlights the crises that have come from the corporatization of food production in this country. Kenner makes no attempt to veil his personal opinions on the subject, but his effective interviews with writers Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma) and Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) and with the sympathetic lobbyist whose son died of e. coli from tainted meat, Kenner makes a convincing argument. He uses witty illustrations and some eccentric, but lovable, small-time players in the production chain to make an impressive case for a movement to non-mass-produced food. Little else will make you re-evaluate your eating habits like this groundbreaking film.
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I agree Kev! Nothing can prove the state of your health better then a good ole blood test. Looking good in the mirror and feeling good inside is still no clear indication.
Look at what my man, Kevin Gianni says:
“Is the vegan diet right for me?”
“What do you think about raw milk?”
“How about the paleo diet… Mark Sisson looks ripped…”
“I really want the raw food diet to work, but…”
These are statements that I’ve heard for years now.
I’ve found that there are two ways to find out if your diet is working for you.
The first is to guess (which may give you interesting results.)
And the second is to get a blood test.…
1. Blood tests can be a game changer.
They were for me.
Dr. Williams was able to identify an issue with my adrenals on the first round of testing. My pregnenolone level was a 6. Pregnenolone is a pre-hormone that helps produce all other hormones.
My level should be upwards of 150.
For me, this was a huge wake up call.
It made me think about everything that I was doing objectively — not emotionally.
It’s easy to get emotionally attached to a diet — you could care for animals, you can trust an expert, you can love the idea of being a person who does that diet, or you could revel in the fact that you’re different. All these emotional factors are fine, as long as the objective numbers are in alignment with them.
For me, I held on to my emotional attachments. I never wanted any part of eating anything from an animal. I liked being unique and standing out. I was deep into believing and trusting the systems of others. I, frankly, was trapped in my own emotional trap.
When I finally saw the results of my blood tests — I took them reluctantly because I was feeling so bad — I was blown away by how real they were. That my numbers were just not what I was promised by experts in — at least — the raw food world.
A serious game changer.
I’ve since changed my diet and have gotten a positive, healthy response with my tests. Everything is getting better. It’s not an overnight type thing, but most numbers are optimal and some I still need to work on like pregnenolone (110 now) and testosterone (515-ish).
2. For many blood tests can be used to find disease, but more importantly find optimal health.
Blood tests to me are one of the ultimate disease prevention tools around.
Imagine having a crystal ball that can tell you the future (why else would you have a crystal ball?)
One that you would rub and you’d see how you would look if you continued to eat the diet that you’re eating now in 10, 20, 30, 50 years.
That would be a pretty cool thing to have… or scary.
What if the diet you were eating wasn’t as good as you thought it was? What if your body wasn’t able to handle it like others who were getting great results?
This is why blood testing is so powerful.
You can look at your numbers and markers over the years and see which way you’re trending. Identifying positive and negative trends could be the thing that saves your life.
For me, I don’t have any serious health challenges, but my cholesterol started off really low around 110. Since my last few tests it’s risen to around 175. Maybe high for some, but the ratio between my HDL and LDL is much better than when my cholesterol was at 145.
So for the next blood test, I’ll see if my cholesterol continues to rise. If it does, and my ratio between HDL and LDL gets worse, then I’ll have to make some adjustments to what I’m doing. If not, I’ll keep myself on the same path.
3. You may not be eating the best diet for you. (Do you really want to know if this is true or not?)
Like I said in the first note here, it’s very humbling to find out what you’re doing diet-wise isn’t doing the best for you.
What if your diet isn’t working for you… what does that mean? Does it mean you have to change your friends? Does it mean that you have to break belief systems that you’ve set up for years? Does it mean you have to shamefully go back and tell everyone that you’ve failed?
All these considerations can stop people from changing their diet — they also can stop them from getting blood tests.
There are four types of people when it comes to diet and blood tests…
First is the person who just knows their diet is superior and doesn’t think a blood test will do them any good.
This was me. It may be you too. This is very ego based thinking. Don’t be that guy.
Second is the person who doesn’t believe the results are accurate.
Truth is, the results are pretty accurate once you have a series of tests. One test isn’t enough. You have to look at trending in the test results, not just one test.
So for instance if your BUN — a kidney marker — is high in your first test, you have to consider that you may just have been dehydrated that day and you don’t have a serious kidney issue. But, if your BUN is up on multiple tests, it will show that you do need to address the health of your kidneys.
The combination of tests helps to identify the good and the bad.
Also, it’s important to note that most people who don’t believe in blood tests have never gotten tested. This has been my first hand experience. And if they have, they’ve never done a profile like the ones Dr. Williams recommends — they only have a basic CBC with lipids. So, basically, they’re judging something they’ve never experienced — not necessarily someone I want to take advice from.
Third is the person who doesn’t have any money for testing.
I empathize the most with this person, and at the same time I urge them to find a way to get these tests done. You can’t put a dollar value on your health. Are you saying that your health is worth $500, but no more when you say you can’t afford a test or two? Something to think about.
Fourth is the person who gets their blood tested regularly and makes changes as needed.
This person doesn’t freak out about diet anymore, doesn’t put too much weight on what they read or people say — they just use testing as a marker to identify what they may need and go out and find what will get them the best results.
It sounds peaceful doesn’t it?
And I promise you can feel the same way too when you start getting tested regularly as well.
4. Where to test?
Most of you — if you have health insurance — can ask your doctor if they can order you specific tests. There’s a full list of them in “The Complete Blood Testing Program” here.
If you don’t have insurance, or you want to pay our of pocket, you can do to www.directlabs.com. Here you can order tests and then take them to your lab to draw blood. It’s an easy process, though I do recommend getting someone who knows what they’re talking about to look them over with you.
I apologize because I totally slept on this…Tomorrow begins another yet promising time to start another 21 Day Detox Cleanse. The date Mar 1st is very significant because it marks the 21 days before the Spring Equinox…which is a wonderful opportunity to align your mind, your body and your spirit with the earth and she goes through her shift to a new season. Please join me if you can…I know it is late notice…but better late then never.
For this 21 Day Cleanse…you can choose to cleanse in any way you desire. Here are some ideas:
– Go Vegetarian
– Go Raw
– Do a juice and smoothie cleanse
– Do a juice only cleanse
– Water Fast
Whatever you are able to do…or you can mix it up…every 7 days change into something deeper…Like go from all vegetarian, too all raw, to all juicing in the last week. Let me know and lets keep posting. Love ya!
Perspiration is something we all deal with on a day-by-day basis. Everyone sweats. We sweat more in the summer because of the heat than we do in the winter. Some of us sweat more than others. Antiperspirants and deodorants help treat perspiration and keep body odor away but they don’t help everyone the same way. Some people have tried different home remedies to treat their excess perspiration and have had better luck with them than with deodorant.
Read more: How to Use Home Remedies to Treat Perspiration | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_4465131_use-home-remedies-treat-perspiration.html#ixzz1nidkaZ3d
Many people become allergic to common foods for the simple reason that their digestive tract becomes too permeable, allowing whole food proteins to pass through, causing the immune system to react. The main culprits that cause gastrointestinal permeability are painkillers (the average person takes more than 300 a year), antibiotics and alcohol. If you suffer from excessive bloating, that is also an indicator of food allergies.
So, do some homework in identifying what you might have become intolerant to (wheat, milk and yeast are the most common culprits). As well, taking digestive enzymes in addition to probiotics and glutamine will restore intestinal health.
Everyone accumulates emotional tension. However, how you consciously experience your emotions makes all the difference. When you need to express an emotion, take a breath and say clearly: “I am feeling x,y,z (for example, angry, frustrated, sad) and that’s OK.” Take another breath and say this until you sense a different feeling. Allow the feeling, and yourself, to ‘be’ – without judgment.
At a young age I was exposed to the Old Ways, by his father, a Shaman, Healer and Warrior. At the age of 16 he rebelled and embarked upon an unconscious odyssey of the self, to find Self, within the belly of the beast.
Many, many moons later, after a staccato of incidents, circumstances, trials & tribulations, what he has come to call “my Trial of Fire”, his life ended as he knew it, he was Awakened, reborn.
This Spiritual Rebirth is marked by his father’s death, which took place on April 17, 2002. “On his deathbed he shared with me a word of wisdom that initiated the fire that ignited my Heart & illuminated my Soul. The rest is the present, for it is here that one resides, in the eternal moment, the rendezvous point with the Spirit.”
I have walked this Path in a Sacred manner ever since. Expanding my awareness, exploring the depths of my Being and fulfilling my Purpose within this plane of existence: to Teach, Help, Heal & Unify.
The Practice… Maximvs is the founder of Esoteric Warrior Yoga. In essence Yoga with a twist of yang and a dash of flavor, E.W.Y is an ever unfolding, nebulous fusion of Practices, approaches, techniques & tools to raise consciousness & expand awareness. E.W.Y is an inner journey to redeem your personal power, to explore the depths of your being, align with the Self and mastery of one’s life and fate.
The Book… Maximvs is also the author of the Spiritual Warrior Manifesto, his first publication that debuts in January of 2009. The Spiritual Warrior Manifesto is a catylyst for internal change thru Spiritual & personal development. He is currently writing his 2nd book due in 2013
The Movement… The founder & facilitator of Tribes of Humanity Global Alliance, our misson is to initiate the marriage between Evolutionaries and Revolutionaries, ascetics and activists, bringing together our hearts and minds to establish and cultivate a culture of love & unity, bringing together families, communities, nations and beyond. Our goal is to mobilize a coalition for change and upliftment; a Socio, Cultural, Spiritual, Political, Economical, Grassroots Movement.
The Temple… Last but least Maximvs is the abbot of the Peoples Sanctuary aka Bohio Naboria, located in Loiza, Boriquen, established Dec 15, 2011.
Maximvs Prophet is a featured yoga instructor at the Paradise Wellness retreats. http://www.paradisewellness.net
You know we Americans always think we have got it all..but the reality is we miss out on so much because we dont have the language, exposure, and whatever else. I know for a fact that with all the juice bars I have been to…not one of them has ever mentioned anything called GUARAPO or sugar cane juice. However, this juice is consumed all over the world…Latin America, India, Africa…PR and the VI too…and the health benefits are amazing!!The Benefits Of Drinking Sugarcane Juice:
1) Sugarcane juice is a great preventive and healing source for sore throat, cold and flu.
2) It has a low glycemic index which keeps the body healthy.
3) This is one sweet drink diabetics can enjoy without fear because it has no simple sugars.
4) Due to its alkaline nature, it helps fight cancer. Studies indicate that it has positive activity against prostate and breast cancer cells.
5) It hydrates the body quickly when exposed to prolong heat and physical activity.
6) They are excellent substitutes for aerated drinks and cola.
7) It refreshes and energizes the body instantly as it is rich in carbohydrates.
8 ) Sugarcane strengthens the stomach, kidneys, heart, eyes brain and sex organs.
9) Febrile disorders which cause fever happen when there is a great amount of protein loss. But liberal intake of sugarcane juice provides the body with necessary protein and other food elements.
10) It keeps the urinary flow clear and helps the kidneys to perform their functions smoothly.
Who knew all this sweetness was so good for you.
The best way to change your health is to change your diet. You have heard the old adage “You are what you eat”, well it’s true! When we don’t take care of our bodies and fail to give it proper nutrients, we suffer from digestive discomfort and immune system problems.
Cleansing foods such as wild rice, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrot, papaya, peaches, cauliflower and celery, are all great detoxers. These foods will help your body eliminate toxic substances through your stool and urine.
Green leafy vegetables like kale and cabbage are alkaline foods, they help maintain the weak alkaline state of the blood by neutralizing the excessive sugar from the diet as well as remove toxic substances from the blood.
Some fruits and fruit juices have an exceptional function; they can help to dissolve the stockpile of toxic waste before eliminating it through the excretory system. The best fruits with this unique feature are lemons, oranges, grapefruits grapes, sugar cane juices, plums, apples, and tomatoes. Though some of these have a sour taste, they are proven to maintain the alkaline in the blood.