I love watching documentaries. There’s something relaxing about the format when it’s done well. Lately, I’ve been on a food documentary kick. Seeing and hearing the place our food production currently is, and being able to cross reference it, is fascinating. Building a greener world is going to require a radical change in nearly every aspect of our relationship with food.
Sustainable is a food documentary on the growing local food movement. It follows a seasonal arc. This format helps illustrate the importance of seasonal growing and eating things which are currently in season. It also helped show how distant we are, or I feel, from the food we eat. This distance has helped encourage non-seasonal eating habits. These habits have costs, beyond a lack of robust flavor.
Sustainable is available with a Netflix subscription and to rent on other streaming services.
In Defense of Food is a PBS documentary with Michael Pollan. It can be summed up with “Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly Plants.” The focus here is on what and how to eat in order to eat healthily, and what that even means. It’s witty, sometimes abrasive, and well sourced. There’s an emphasis on moving away from prepackaged and heavily processed foods.
In Defense of Food is available with a Netflix subscription and to rent on other streaming services.
BONUS: A Plastic Ocean addresses the issues we are currently facing with plastics in our oceans. This is a very large, overwhelming, and complex issue. It’s an issue that intersects well with our current food supply, as much of the plastic we need to address is used at some point within our food system. Either it’s originally from netting from a fishing vessel, or it’s plastic bottles, or anything in between. We can’t adequately address plastics until we’ve begun to address the changes which need to occur in our food supply. And we need to see and understand how catastrophic not addressing it has been.
A Plastic Ocean is available with a Netflix subscription and to rent on other streaming services.
What are your thoughts? Do yo have any documentary recommendations?
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