We've become obsessed with the idea of food porn - artful creations of food that look and taste so incredible we almost forget to ask where the ingredients come from. But it isn't just about being aware of where our food comes from, but also, who has influence over the industry. There's no denying we are of a time a time when corporations have an influence over what we consume - both food and media-wise. With that in mind, below are some thought-provoking films and documentaries about food, which you should definitely stream next (maybe just not on an empty stomach).
When her son suffers from a mysterious and persistent rash that won't subside, a concerned mother's investigation leads her into a battle between small town organic farmers and Clonestra, a corporation profiting from genetically modified food.
This fascinating documentary about the dismal state of corporate farming in America focuses on issues surrounding the production of meat, is a harrowing-yet-essential for anyone who cares where their food comes from. Director Robert Kenner's Oscar-nominated work looks at the food industry's harmful effects on human health and the environment.
This film takes a timely and hard-hitting look at how the food we eat is helping or hurting our health. It looks deeply into how the food industry works, how pharmaceutical companies operate, and our overall health as a species due to food. Are you willing to change your habits for a better, healthier, longer life? You might after watching this.
Executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret chronicles filmmaker Kip Andersen's journey to become an environmentalist as he investigates one of the most destructive industries currently affecting our planet - animal agriculture and meat consumption. A compelling documentary that will make you re-think the way you eat meat.
This documentary follows three meat and cheese loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a Vegan diet for six weeks to get healthier.?This?is educational and widely entertaining.
The first season of Chef's Table featured six distinct episodes, each profiling one of the world's most ambitious chefs, like Dan Barber, Massimo Bottura, and Niki Nakayama. If you've ever wondered what it takes to become a top chef, look no further than this visually stunning and addictive series.
Hungry for Change
This documentary - created by the same team behind Food Matters - exposes shocking secrets the diet, weight-loss and food industries use to keep consumers coming back for more, along with the addictive nature of food. If you're always going from one diet to another and trying to get a handle on what you eat, this is the documentary you need to watch
This eye-opening documentary examines the underlying causes of childhood obesity and the adverse effects of consuming sugar in massive quantities. Sugar (similar to cocaine), creates addicts, and by overwhelming the public with messages (and over 600,000 food items to choose from), the problem is not going anywhere, anytime soon. You'll learn about the detrimental effects of sugar and what we can do to combat the spread of obesity in our children.
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