Seven Quick Takes: My Favorite Food Documentaries Inspired by Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable Miracle

Movies have been a rare indulgence for us around here, that was until this week, when we realized we could use my dad’s Netflix account for free.  Suddenly the world of cinema was at our fingertips and we didn’t waste any time.  Actually that’s because we were both sick as dogs and too tired to get out of bed, so we made the best of it and had a movie marathon (I love that I have a husband who actually likes watching food documentaries with me), our selections were inspired by the latest Liturgy of Life reading group book, Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Mineral.  And because I was too sick to write anything more meaningful I thought I’d give a quick run down of our favorites.

1. Food Inc.

Top 7 food documentaries inspired by Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Start here, Food Inc. is well made and gives a thoughtful overview of what has gone wrong in the American food system.

 

2. Supersize Me

Top 7 food documentaries inspired by Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

A classic which started the contemporary conversations about the dangers of fast food. Well made, entertaining and educational.

 

3. Farmageddon

Top 7 food documentaries inspired by Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

I’ll be the first to say this isn’t the best production, but the stories told are worth the watch. You will be shocked to see the extent that governmental agencies are going to in order to suppress the production of local foods.

 

4. Food Chains

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A look at the way our food system exploits farm workers.  A great reminder that every piece of food we buy from the grocery store was picked by a human hand and that human most likely earned only a penny for every pound they picked.

 

5. Food Matters

Top 7 food documentaries inspired by Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Not the most riveting in format, it is a series of interviews which provide a straightforward explanation of how food is both harming our health and can be used to heal and takes a look at why food as medicine has been entirely overlooked by our medical system.

 

6.  More than Honey

Top 7 food documentaries inspired by Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

A fascinating look at the honey industry, the way modern beekeeping is leading to a loss of our countries’ bees and what the future holds.

 

7.  Cooked

Top 7 food documentaries inspired by Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

 

A Netflix four part documentary narrated by Michael Pollen and based on his recent book. He looks at four different elements of cooking across culture and history with an attempt to regain some of the lost value found in cooking at home.

 

Still on my watch list are: Hungry for Change, Plant Pure Nation, Sugar Coated, Fed Up, The Kid’s Menu, Cowspiracy and GMO OMG

 

Hope you enjoy and let me know your favorite.

 

This post was inspired by my current read, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.by Barbara Kingsolver as part of the Liturgy of Life Reading Group series. We would love for you to join us.

 

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