RECOMMENDED MOVIES AND BOOKS

 

Movies

Forks Over Knives  -  (2011, runs 96 min.)  The documentary Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods.

Food, Inc. –  (2009, runs 91 min.)  Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.  Details how the handful of corporations that produce our food place profit ahead of consumer health, animal welfare and the environment, and their effects on the American farmer.

Vanishing of the Bees -  (2009, runs 90 min.)  This documentary takes a piercing investigative look at the economic, political and ecological implications of the worldwide disappearance of the honeybee. It’s a phenomenon with a name - Colony Collapse Disorder - but no explanation or solution currently exists.

King of Corn –  (2007, runs 88 min.)  Documentary about how corn is produced in the U.S.  along with the use of genetically modified seeds, chemical fertilizers and herbicides.  Shows how corn gets from the soil into our food system. 

Super Size Me -  (2004, runs 100 min.)  Guy examines the influence of the fast food industry while eating only McDonald’s food for one month.

 

Books

“Eating Animals” by Jonathan Safran Foer (2009)  –  Deals with the hidden consequences of factory farming on our health and the environment.  Includes detailed accounts of the treatment and slaughter of food animals. 

“The Omnivore’s Dilemma” by Michael Pollan (2007)  –  Examines the history and politics of different diets from its source to the final meal, including industrial farming, organic/sustainable, and hunter/gatherer.  Includes interesting in-depth look at corn’s impact on the U.S.

“Righteous Porkchop: Finding a Life and Good Food Beyond Factory Farm” by Nicolette Hahn Niman (2009)  –  Uncovers the practices of industrialized farming and its devastating effects, but also makes a case for small, more humane and sustainable farms.  She details how and why to choose meat from traditional farmed sources, including explanations of food labels and definitions.

“What To Eat” by Marion Nestle (2007)  -  A guided tour of each section of the supermarket, it tells you what you need to know about food labels, nutrition and health claims, and how to balance decisions on what to buy.  Factors in freshness, taste, nutrition, health, price and social & environmental issues.

“Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating” by Jane Goodall (2006)  –  Provides an overview of the impact our various daily food choices have worldwide, including the sustainability of natural resources, animal welfare and our health.

“Fast Food Nation” by Eric Schlosser (2002)  -  The history of the fast food industry, how the food is produced, and its transformation of America’s diet, landscape, economy and work force.

 

WebsiteS

FarmForward: www.farmforward.com  -  Farm Forward strives to promote conscientious food choices, reduce farmed animal suffering by eliminating the worst practices in factory farming, and advance humane, sustainable agriculture.

Eat Wild Directory: www.eatwild.com  -  Comprehensive directory of pasture based farms throughout the U.S, many of which will ship to other areas.  Quality information on the benefits of grass-fed, pasture raised animal products.

Monteray Bay Aquarium: www.montereybayaquarium.org -  Their “Seafood Watch” section offers information on just about every seafood item consumed in the U.S. , including where and how each fish is caught along with a rating of its health concerns and sustainability.  They offer printable consumer pocket guides for seafood in every area of the country detailing what to buy and what to avoid, along with a printable pocket guide to buying sustainable sushi.  Their “Super Green” list is seafood they currently consider “Best Choices” for human health and friendliness to our oceans.

www.sustainabletable.org -  Provides information on local sustainable food and educates consumers on food related issues.  They also offer free downloadable educational/presentation kits about food production.

 

Articles

“Boss Hog” written by Jeff Tietz for Rolling Stone magazine, Dec. 2006 

-   Eye-opening article written about the hog factory farming industry, primarily addressing the pollution caused by pig waste.

 

“Avoiding Factory Farm Foods: An Eater’s Guide” written by Nicolette Hahn Niman for Huffington Post, Nov 2009

-  General advice about what to look for when shopping as well as explanations of which labels are more meaningful than others.  She also provides details on each animal product