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The Best Food Movies

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The food movement has been gaining popularity and momentum in recent years.  More and more Americans are starting to pay attention to how they eat, what they buy, and where their food comes from.

Some of this increased awareness has come from the handful of food, nutrition, and agriculture-related documentaries that have been released over the last decade.  These films have not only shed light on the modern food system, but also given people practical tools they can use to make better purchasing and eating decisions in their daily lives.

The following are my favorite food movies in this genre.  They’re enlightening and entertaining, and also encourage us to “vote with our dollar” every time we sit down to eat.

1.  Food, Inc. – This Oscar-nominated documentary explores the food industry’s detrimental effects on our health and environment.  You’ll gain insight and see footage of

2.  Forks Over Knives – In this film, two very accomplished doctors/researchers (who were both raised on dairy farms) show how a plant based diet can prevent and treat many of the lifestyle-related ailments currently faced by a huge percentage of Americans.

3.  The Future of Food – The “Just Label It” petition to label genetically modified foods recently achieved 1 million American signatures.  This 2004 film offers a compelling description of just how harmful genetically modified foods can be for farmers and consumers, and how profitable they are for big agricultural businesses.

4.  Ingredients – This award-winning film shows the contrast between the industrialized food system in America and the growing local food movement.  Chefs, restaurateurs, farmers, and consumers from around the country discuss their methods for shrinking the gap between farm and table.

If you have any favorites that aren’t on this list – please add them!


  • Lisa
    April 8, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Hungry for Change was really food, too.

  • Lisa
    April 8, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    I meant was really GOOD, not food, jeez can ya tell I’m hungry?

  • Sue
    April 8, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Another great food/farming film: The Real Dirt On Farmer John

  • Amelia
    April 8, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Haha – I knew what you meant and of course I too am always thinking about food 🙂

  • Amelia
    April 8, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    I forgot about this one! Loved this too, I should add it to the list.

  • Richard
    April 16, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Another good food movie is “Food Beware: The French Organic Revolution”. It’s in French, with English subtitles, and shows what happens when a small French town (whose mayor and town council have the right to legislate mandatory changes in all “public institutions” within the town limits) goes ahead and mandates that mostly organic and local-grown food will be used in the schools, hospitals, prison, etc. It’s another movie that shows that even simple solutions can have important and wide-ranging beneficial impacts on the world around us.

  • Amelia
    April 16, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    I’m excited to check this one out!

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