The films listed below are available through the Furman Library (either on the shelf or through PASCAL). The additional films at the end of this list are suggested films to which Furman currently does not have access, but may be of interest.

Banana Wars


The history of the banana trade is as politically loaded as that of coffee or oil, and yet it has received scant media attention over the decades. This docmentary addresses that information void, exploring links between corporate power, Western governments, and developing nations that are heavily dependent on banana production as a result of colonial and post-colonial influences.
Topics: Banana Trade and Taxation in South America, International Buisness Enterprise

The Beekeepers

An experimental documentary that explores the history of beekeeping as it seeks to understand its current crisis. Beekeepers have been keeping bees for over three thousand years. Why are they dying now?
Topics: Beekeepers, Colony Collapse Disorder of Honeybees, Pollination by Bees, Pesticides, Climate Changes

Beer Wars

Director Anat Baron takes you on a no holds barred exploration of the U.S. beer industry that ultimately reveals the truth behind the label of your favorite beer. Told from an insider's perspective, the film goes behind the scenes of the daily battles and all out wars that dominate one of America's favorite industries. This contemporary David and Goliath story is ultimately about keeping your integrity (and your family's home) in the face of temptation.
Topics: Beer Industry, Advertising, and Microbreweries in the United States

The Big Mac Under Attack

Hungry consumers in America and abroad are losing their appetite for the world's largest fast food company. Is McDonald's a brand on the verge of collapse, or can it be revitalized? This program strives to find out, as Harvard Business School's David Upton, Philip Morris litigator John Banzhaf, BBC business editor Jeff Randall, and neuroscientist Ann Kelley cite fat- and sugar-laden foods, cannibalistic over-franchising, menu stagnation, and competition with Subway as factors in the giant's decline.
Topics: Nutritionally Induced Diseases, Fast Food Restaurants, Food Habits, and Convenience Foods

Big River: A King Corn Companion

Following their Peabody winning documentary, the King Corn boys are back. For Big River, best friends Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis have returned to Iowa with a new mission: to investigate the environmental impact their acre of corn has sent to the people and places downstream.
Topics: Agriculture, Farms, Corn, Agricultural Pollution, Environmental Aspects, Herbicides

Bitter Seeds

Bitter Seeds explores the future of how we grow things,weighing in on the worldwide debate over the changes created by industrial agriculture. Companies like the U.S.-based Monsanto claim that their genetically modified (GM) seeds offer the most effective solution to feeding the world's growing population, but on the ground,many small-scale farmers are losing their land. The film follows the seeds salesmen from the remote village in the state of Maharashtra to their company's headquarters. Interviews with seed industry executives (including Monsanto's) and their critic, Vandana Shiva, flesh out the debate.  Bitter Seeds features compelling characters to tell a deeply moving story from the heart of the worldwide controversy about the future of farming.
Topics: Seed Industry and Trade, Seeds, Genetic Engineering, Marketing, Suicide, Globalization

Bullshit: A Film

In this documentary, the filmmakers follow Vandana Shiva over a two-year period, from her organic farm at the foot of the Himalayas to institutions of power all over the world. Here Vandana Shiva does battle with one of her toughest opponents, Monsanto, a huge American biotech company, when they try to patent an ancient Indian strain of wheat. The filmmakers describe Monsanto from the inside and arrange what proves a shaking meeting between Vandana Shiva and Barun Mitra, liberal think-tank, lobbyist and fierce critic of Vandana Shiva.
Topics: Agriculture, Women Political Activists, Farmers, Globalization, Environmental Protection, Genetically Modified Foods

China: Food For a Billion Plus

Despite its huge population and expanding industrial economy, most of China's inhabitants are farmers. This program journeys to Hong Kong, Guangzhou, and Beijing, exploring the relationship between Chinese agriculture and the urban centers of the country. Featuring visits to large-scale and family-operated farms, a walk along the Great Wall, and an interview with the U.S. embassy's agricultural attaché, the program illuminates China's efforts to improve crop yields, food distribution, and environmental conditions.
Topics: Food Supply, Crop Yields, Food and Industry Trade, Agriculture, and Environmental Aspects in China

Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood

Consuming Kids throws desperately needed light on the practices of a relentless multi-billion dollar marketing machine that now sells kids and their parents everything from junk food and violent video games to bogus educational products and the family car. Drawing on the insights of health care professionals, children's advocates, and industry insiders, the film focuses on the explosive growth of child marketing in the wake of deregulation, showing how youth marketers have used the latest advances in psychology, anthropology, and neuroscience to transform American children into one of the most powerful and profitable consumer demographics in the world.
Topics: Advertising and Children, Marketing Research, and Child Consumers

Dirt: The Movie

Inspired by William Bryant Logan's acclaimed book Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth, Dirt! The Movie takes a humorous and substantial look into the history and current state of the living organic matter that we come from and will later return to. Dirt! The Movie will make you want to get dirty!
Topics: Soils – Social, Environmental, Economic, and Health Aspects, Soil Ecology, Soil Fertility, Soil Conservation, Environmental Films

The Dreamers of Arnhem Land

The Dreamers of Arnhem Land is the remarkable story of two Aboriginal elders, Stuart and Valerie Ankin, who set out to save their community from cultural extinction. Combining traditional knowledge and contemporary scientific expertise, Stuart and Valerie created an economic impetus for younger Aborigines to return to their ancestor's lands.
Topics: Sustainable Food Development, Natural Foods Industry, and Rural Renewal in Australia

Eating Alaska

What happens to a vegetarian who moves to the Alaskan Frontier? With humor and compassion, the documentary Eating Alaska shows natives and non-natives trying to balance buying industrial processed foods with growing their own and living off the land in the 21st century. Made by a former urban vegetarian now living on an island in Alaska, it is a journey into regional food traditions, our connection to where we live and what we put into our mouths.
Topics: Natural Foods, Local Foods, Moral and Ethical Aspects, Food, Sustainable Living, Sustainable agriculture

The Eyes of Nye: Genetically Modified Foods

Is genetic engineering safe? It may be too soon to tell, but that doesn't' stop Bill Nye from exploring the benefits and risks. Students will hear from traditional wheat breeders, from researchers who analyze organic and pesticide-free crops, and from corporations engaged in genetic engineering.
Topics: Plant Biotechnology, Plant Genetic Engineering, Transgenic Plants

Farmageddon

Americans' right to access fresh, healthy foods of their choice is under attack. Evoking both sympathy and anger for those farmers violently shut down by overzealous government policy and regulators, Farmageddon stresses the urgency of food freedom.
Topics: Family, Farm Produce, Food Consumption, Food Supply, and Local Foods

Fast Food Nation

Richard Linklater's Fast Food Nation traces the birth of an everyday, ordinary burger through a chain of riveting, interlocked human stories – from a hopeful young immigrant couple who crosses the boarder to work in a perilous meat-packing plant, to a teen clerk who dreams of life beyond the counter…. As the film traverses from pristine barbecue smoke labs to the volatile U.S.-Mexican border, it unveils a provocative portrait of all the yearning, ambition, corruption and hope that lies inside what America is biting into.
Topics: Fast Food Restaurants, Food Industry and Trade, and Convenience Foods in the United States

Feast or Famine: Water Management and Food Production in China

This program documents farmers' hardships and discusses the exacerbating effects of deforestation and urban growth. Also, potential remedies are showcased. 
Topics: Food Supply and Water Supply in China; Environmental Films

Food Beware: The French Organic Revolution

Food Beware
begins with a visit to a small village in France, where the town's mayor has decided to make the school lunch menu organic and locally grown. It then talks to a wide variety of people with differing perspectives to find common ground - children, parents, teachers, health care workers, farmers, elected officials, scientists, researchers and the victims of illnesses themselves. Revealed in these moving and often surprising conversations are the abuses of the food industry, the competing interests of agrobusiness and public health, the challenges and rewards of safe food production, and the practical solutions that we can all take part in. Food Beware is food for thought and a blueprint for a growing revolution.
Topics: Health Aspects, Nutritional Aspects, Environmental Aspects, and Ethical Aspect of Natural Food in France

Food Fight: A Story of Culinary Revolt

Food Fight is a fascinating look at how American agricultural policy and food culture developed in the 20th century and how the California food movement created a counter-revolution against big agribusiness and launched the local organic movement.
Topics: Natural Foods, Food Supply, Local Foods, Government Policy, Agricultural Industry

Food, Inc.

Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield's Gary Hirshberg and Polyface Farms' Joel Salatin, Food, Inc. reveals surprising, and often shocking truths, about what we eat, how it's produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here.
Topics: Food Prices, Dairy Products Industry, Quality Control, Cereal Products Industry, Meat Industry and Trade, Produce Trade

Food Stamped

Food Stamped is an informative and humorous documentary film following a couple as they attempt to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet on a food stamp budget. Through their adventures they consult with members of U.S. Congress, food justice organizations, nutrition experts, and people living on food stamps to take a deep look at America's broken food system.
Topics: Food Stamps, Nutrition, and Obesity in the United States

Forks Over Knives

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 our present menu of animal-based and processed foods. The major storyline in the film traces the personal journeys of a pair of pioneering yet under-appreciated researchers, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn.
Topics: Nutritionally Induced Diseases, Nutrition, Food Industry and Trade, Food Habits, Vegetarianism, Vegetarian cooking

For the Price of a Cup of Coffee

For the Price of a Cup of Coffee is a short environmental documentary examining the life cycle of a paper cup and the repercussions of a society reliant on convenience. Shot throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, this film is full of information that all consumers should know about the products that we use everyday, and the steps we need to make towards a more sustainable world.
Topics: Waste Paper, Drinking Cups, Environmental Aspects, Recycling, Waste, Paper Containers, Coffeehouses

Fresh

Fresh celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.
Topics: Citizen Participation, Farmers, Environmental Ethics, Sustainable Agriculture, Family Farms, Organic Farming

Future of Food

The Future of Food distills the complex technology and consumer issues surrounding major changes in the food system today, genetically engineered foods, patenting, and the corporatization of food, into terms the average person can understand. It empowers consumers to realize the consequences of their food choices on our future.
Topics: Genetically Modified Foods, Agricultural Biotechnology, Economics of Agriculture, Environmental Aspects, Agriculture and Politics, Agriculture and State, Government Policy, Organic Farming, Sustainable Agriculture

Garbage: The Revolution Starts at Home

Concerned for the future of his new baby boy Sebastian, writer and director Andrew Nisker takes an average urban family, the McDonalds, and asks them to keep every scrap of garbage that they create for three months. He then takes them on a journey to find out where it all goes and what it's doing to the world. From organic waste to the stuff they flush down the potty, the air pollution they create when transporting the kids around, to using lights at Christmas, the McDonalds discover that for every action there is a reaction that affects them and the entire planet.
Topics: Citizen Participation, Recycling, Waste

Genetic Roulette

Never-before-seen evidence points to genetically engineered foods as a major contributor to rising disease rates in the US population, especially among children. Gastrointestinal disorders, allergies, inflammatory diseases, and infertility are just some of the problems implicated in humans, pets, livestock, and lab animals that eat genetically modified soybeans and corn.
Topics: Genetically Modified Foods, Transgenic Plants, Agriculture Biotechnology, Food Industry and Trade

The Genetic Takeover or the Mutant Food

This feature documentary casts a sober look at a potentially explosive situation: the rapid rise of genetically modified food. In just a few years, genetically modified plants have become part of our daily diet and are already found in 75% of processed foods. This revolution has occurred without consumer awareness and without the knowledge of potential risks to our health and to the environment. Can food crops remain at the mercy of private interests?
Topics: Biotechnology, Plant Genetic Engineering, Agricultural Biotechnology, and Transgenic Plants

Good Fortune

Good Fortune explores how massive, international efforts to alleviate poverty in Africa may be undermining the very communities they aim to benefit. Through intimate portraits of two Kenyans battling to save their homes from large-scale development organizations, the film presents a unique opportunity to experience foreign aid through the eyes of the people it is intended to benefit.
Topics: Citizen Participation, Rice Farms, Agriculture and State, Urban Policy, Economic Development

Greenwashers

Featuring renowned environmentalist Bill McKibben and business executive Scot Case, Greenwashers is a satirical documentary that blurs the line between green and greed, truth and believability, environmentalism and marketing. Misleading consumers about the environmental benefits of a product or service has become a new marketing standard, and Greenwashers takes this practice to the extreme. Following a pair of greenwashers, the film illustrates the various strategies, sins, and consequences of greenwash.
Topics: Environmental Management, Social Responsibility of Business, Environmentalism, and Environmental Protection

Grow!

It's not just 'Old MacDonald' on the farm anymore. All across the U.S. there is a growing movement of educated young people who are leaving the cities to take up an agrarian life. Armed with college degrees, some are unable to find jobs in the current economic slump. Fed up with corporate America and its influence on a broken food system, they aim to solve some of the current system's inequities by growing clean, fair food. Mostly landless, they borrow, rent or manage farmland in order to fulfill their dreams of doing something meaningful with their lives.
Topics: Agriculture, Organic Gardening, Community-Supported Agriculture, Farmers, Sustainable Agriculture, Organic Farming

The Harvest (La Cosecha)

Every year there are more than 400,000 American children who are torn away from their friends, schools and homes to pick the food we all eat. Zulema, Perla and Victor labor as migrant farm workers, sacrificing their own childhoods to help their families survive. The Harvest/La Cosecha profiles these three as they journey from the scorching heat of Texas' onion fields to the winter snows of the Michigan apple orchards and back south to the humidity of Florida's tomato fields to follow the harvest.
Topics: Child Migrant Agricultural Laborers in the Unites States

Harvest of Fear

In Harvest of Fear, Frontline and NOVA explore the intensifying debate over genetically-modified (gm) food crops. Interviewing scientists, farmers, biotech and food industry representatives, government regulators, and critics of biotechnology, this two-hour report presents both sides of the debate, exploring the risks and benefits, the hopes and fears, of this new technology.
Topics: Genetically Modified foods, Transgenic Plants

Homo Toxicus

Everyday, tons of chemicals are released into the environment, without ever knowing how toxic they are in the long term to the living organisms. In a hard-hitting investigation, carried out with intelligence and humor, director, Carole Poliquin, has her own blood tested and explores the links between those toxic substances and some rising health problems such as cancer, allergies, hyperactivity, infertility. Her findings are disturbing and strongly challenge our way of life.
Topics: Chemicals, Environmentally Induced Diseases, Environmental Aspects, Environmental Health, Diseases, Hazardous Substances

Ingredients

American food is in a state of crisis, but a movement to put good food back on the table is emerging. What began 30 years ago with chefs demanding better flavor, has inspired consumers to seek relationships with nearby farmers. This is local food.
Topics: Local Foods, Food Supply, and Organic farming in the Unites States, Produce Trade, Food Industry and Trade

Journey to Planet Earth: Land of Plenty, Land of Want. The public Television Series

This videotape gives students the opportunity to view farming practices in four distinctly different countries: Zimbabwe, France, China, and the United States. By viewing farming methods throughout the world and studying the different challenges facing the world's farmers, students will be able to appreciate the commonality of all farmers: they all live on a thin edge, vulnerable to the forces of nature and the conditions of pollution, population, and politics imposed by society. The tape is accompanied by a study guide that includes learning objectives, previewing activities, postviewing activities, suggestions for group discussion and questions, and ideas for special projects.
Topics: Ecology, Agriculture, Physical Environment, Environmental Education, Science and Society, and Global Approach

Jungleburger

By interviewing and filming key personnel involved in all links of the chain, it adds up to a devastating expose of how Central and South American tropical forests are being destroyed to be replaced by cattle production for export to the USA and other industrialized countries. Focusing on cattle raising and the meat export business in Costa Rica, this film examines the impact of the fast food industry on third world countries, and investigates how chemicals and herbicide used to increase beef yields are adversely affecting the public health.
Topics: Fast Food Restaurants, Environmental Aspects, Economic Development, Meat i=Industry and Trade

Killer at Large

From our human evolution and our changing environment to the way our government's public policies are actually causing obesity, Killer at Large shows how little is being done to combat the epidemic, but more importantly, what we as citizens can do to help reverse it.
Topics: Obesity, Nutrition, Food habits, and Health Lifestyles in the United States

King Corn

In the film, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America's most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat and how we farm.
Topics: Agriculture, Fertilizers, Farms, Processing, Corn Products Industry, Corn as Food

Malawi: A Nation Going Hungry

Poverty, unstable government, and disadvantages in trade have virtually eliminated food security in Malawi. This program explores the African country's struggles on both a personal and national level, interviewing frustrated civil servants and impoverished citizens, and reflecting widespread despair over WTO policies and the government's inability to subsidize the agriculture of its own people. Highlighting the additional problems of environmental degradation and AIDS, the program offers a moving glimpse into human lives that revolve around one constant challenge: getting something to eat.
Topics: Food Supply, Agriculture and State, Non-Governmental Organizations, Agriculture Subsidies, Economic Conditions, and Environmental Films

No Impact Man

Colin Beavan decides to completely eliminate his personal impact on the environment for the next year. No problem – at least for Colin – but he and his family live in Manhattan. So when his espresso-guzzling, retail-worshiping wife Michelle and their two-year-old daughter are dragged into the fray, the No Impact Project has an unforeseen impact of its own. Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein's film provides an intriguing inside look into the experiment that became a national fascination and media sensation, while examining the familial strains and strengthened bonds that result from Colin and Michelle's struggle with their radical lifestyle change.
Topics: Environmentalism, Environmental Responsibility, Green Movement, Environmental Protection

Nourish: Food + Community

With beautiful visuals and inspiring stories, the Nourish film traces our relationship to food from a global perspective to personal action steps. Nourish illustrates how food connects to such issues as biodiversity, climate change, public health, and social justice.
Topics: Social, Economic, and Environmental Aspects of Food, Nutrition, Food Industry and Trade

Our Daily Bread**

To the rhythm of conveyor belts and immense machines, the film looks without commenting into the places where food is produced in Europe: monumental spaces, surreal landscapes and bizarre sounds - a cool, industrial environment which leaves little space for individualism. People, animals, crops and machines play a supporting role in the logistics of this system which provides our society's standard of living. Our Daily Bread is a wide-screen tableau of a feast which isn't always easy to digest - and in which we all take part. A pure, meticulous and high-end film experience that enables the audience to form their own ideas.
Topics: Factory Farms, Farm Corporations, Food Industry and Trade
**WARNING: Images may be disturbing

Poisoned Waters

More than three decades after the Clean Water Act, iconic American waterways like the Chesapeake Bay and Puget Sound are in perilous condition and facing new sources of contamination. With polluted runoff still flowing in from industry, agriculture and massive suburban development, scientists note that many new pollutants and toxins from modern everyday life are already being found in the drinking water of millions of people across the country and pose a threat to fish, wildlife and, potentially, human health.
Topics: Environmental Aspects, Pollution, Runoff, Water Quality Management, Water

The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

When Cuba lost access to Soviet oil in the early 1990s, the country faced an immediate crisis – feeding the population – and an ongoing challenge: how to create a new low-energy society. This film tells the story of the Cuban people's hardship, ingenuity, and triumph over sudden adversity – through cooperation, conservation, and community.
Topics: Sustainable Agriculture, Sustainable Development, Energy Conservation, Renewable Energy Sources and Energy Consumption in Cuba

The Price of Sugar

In the Dominican Republic, a tropical island-nation, tourists flock to pristine beaches unaware that a few miles away thousands of dispossessed Haitians have toiled under armed-guard on plantations harvesting sugarcane, much of which ends up in U.S. kitchens. They work grueling hours and frequently lack decent housing, clean water, electricity, education or healthcare. Narrated by Paul Newman, The Price of Sugar follows Father Christopher Hartley, a charismatic Spanish priest, as he organizes some of this hemisphere's poorest people to fight for their basic human rights.
Topics: Forced Labor and Sugar Industry in the Dominican Republic

Processed People

Fast food, fast medicine, fast news and fast lives have turned many Americans into a sick, uninformed, indebted, "processed" people. Processed People features insightful interviews from nine preeminent health and environmental experts/advocates. They discuss how and why Americans got into this mess, and what we can do to break the "processed people" cycle.
Topics: Diet, Food habits, Processed Foods, Convenience Foods, Food Industry and Trade, Obesity, and Nutritionally Induced Diseases in the United States

Race to Save the Planet

PBS' Race to Save the Planet is something of an anthropological primer for post-modern America. The first of its 10 hours gives a basic lesson on the development of mankind, trying to make you understand that we did not always have the same relationship with the environment that we now have.
Topics: Soil Exhaustion, Salvage, Waste , Food Supply, Fossil Fuels, Conservation of Natural Resources

The Real Dirt on Farmer John

For close to a century, a great American epic has been played out in the tiny town of Caledonia, Illinois, about 75 miles west of Chicago. The Real Dirt on Farmer John tells the story of one man, his farm and his family—a story that parallels the history of American farming. But Farmer John is no laconic, Grant Wood-type with a scowl and a pitchfork. Equal parts performance artist, writer and farmer, John Peterson has been known to switch out of his overalls into leopard latex or a purple-feathered boa.
Topics: Farm Life, Community-Supported Agriculture, Organic Farming, and Counterculture in the United States

Ripe for Change

Through the "window" of food and agriculture, Ripe for Change reveals two parallel yet contrasting views of our world. One holds that large-scale agriculture, genetic engineering, and technology promise a hunger-less future. The other calls for a more organic, sustainable, and locally focused style of farming that reclaims the aesthetic and nurturing qualities of food and considers the impact of agriculture on the environment, on communities, and on workers. Ripe for Change is directed by award-winning filmmaker Emiko Omori.
Topics: Agriculture and State, History, Sustainable Agriculture, Food Industry and Trade

Slim Hopes: Advertising and the Obsession with Thinness

Jean Kilbourne's award-winning video Slim Hopes argues that the stories advertising tells about food, femininity, and the female body contribute to disordered eating. From ads that glamorize emotional eating with catch-phrases like "you can never have too much," to ads that promote thinness and tell women to watch what they eat, Kilbourne takes the advertising industry to task for sending young women, in particular, a set of deeply contradictory and unhealthy messages about food.
Topics: Social and Psychological Aspects of Body Images in Women, Leanness, Advertising, Eating Disorders; Self Esteem in Women in the United States

Supersize Me

Supersize Me is a 2004 American documentary film directed by and starring Morgan Spurlock, an American independent filmmaker. Spurlock's film follows a 30-day period from February 1 to March 2, 2003 during which he ate only McDonald's food. The film documents this lifestyle's drastic effect on Spurlock's physical and psychological well-being, and explores the fast food industry's corporate influence, including how it encourages poor nutrition for its own profit.
Topics: McDonald's Corporation, Fast Food Restaurants, Convenience Foods, Food Habits, Nutritionally Induced Diseases

Tableland

From the orchards of Interior BC, Napa Highlands, rural Quebec and other places where "slow food" is celebrated, Tableland consists of interviews with chefs, farmers, writers, teachers, activists and other proponents of the production of tasty, local and seasonal food from field to plate. The movie contains themed sections on taste, sustainability, the environment and is filled with fun stories, entertaining facts and tasty treats.
Topics: Slow Food Movement, Food Supply, Sustainable Agriculture

Tapped

From the producers of Who Killed the Electric Car and I.O.U.S.A., this timely documentary is a behind-the-scenes look into the unregulated and unseen world of an industry that aims to privatize and sell back the one resource that ought never become a commodity: our water.
Topics: Right to Water, Bottled Water Industry

Toxic Sludge is Good For You: The Public Relations Industry Unspun

While advertising is the visible component of the corporate system, perhaps even more important and pervasive is its invisible partner, the public relations industry. This video illuminates this hidden sphere of our culture and examines the way in which the management of "the public mind" has become central to how our democracy is controlled by political and economic elites. Toxic Sludge Is Good For You illustrates how much of what we think of as independent, unbiased news and information has its origins in the boardrooms of the public relations companies.
Topics: Corrupt Practices of Industrial publicity, Corporations, and Public Relations Firms in the Unites States

Toxic Tears

The Green Revolution of the mid 20th Century was aimed at greatly reducing starvation in the Third World. But the high-yielding seeds and mono-crops central to its success required heavy use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and water, with a higher cost than the traditional, more natural methods that were abandoned. While the Green Revolution did increase yields of grains and initially benefited farmers, the price paid proved very high in India, leading to heavy indebtedness, disharmony, environmental degradation, and thousands of suicides among farmers.
Topics: Agriculture, Seed Industry and Trade, Agricultural Innovations, Genetic Engineering, Green Revolution, Globalization

Vanishing of the Bees

Colony Collapse Disorder has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing apples, broccoli, cherries, almonds and a hundred other fruits and vegetables. This documentary follows two commercial beekeepers as they strive to keep their bees healthy and fulfill pollination contracts across the U.S. They plead their case on Capital Hill and travel across the Pacific Ocean in the quest to protect their honeybees.
Topics: Bee Culture, Colony Collapse Disorder of Honeybees, Honeybee – Effect of Humans, Honeybee Ecology and Effect on Humans, Honey, Honey Trade, Animals and Civilization

Vegucated

Part sociological experiment and part adventure comedy, Vegucated follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. Lured by tales of weight lost and health regained, they begin to uncover the hidden sides of animal agriculture that make them wonder whether solutions offered in films like Food, Inc. go far enough.
Topics: Veganism and Food Habits in the United States

What's on Your Plate?

What's on Your Plate? is a witty and provocative documentary produced and directed by award-winning Catherine Gund about kids and food politics. Filmed over the course of one year, the film follows two eleven-year-old multi-racial city kids as they explore their place in the food chain. Sadie and Safiyah take a close look at food systems in New York City and its surrounding areas. With the camera as their companion, the girl guides talk to each other, food activists, farmers, new friends, storekeepers, their families, and the viewer, in their quest to understand what's on all of our plates.
Topics: Food Consumption, Food Supply, Diet, Nutrition, and Sustainable Agriculture

We Feed the World

We Feed the World is a film about food and globalization, fishermen and farmers, long-distance lorry drivers and high-powered corporate executives, the flow of goods and cash flow–a film about scarcity amid plenty. With its unforgettable images, the film provides insight into the production of our food and answers the question what world hunger has to do with us.
Topics: Agriculture, Plant Biotechnology, Food Crops, Sustainable Agriculture, Agricultural Systems

The Weight of the Nation

Bringing together the nation's leading research institutions, The Weight of the Nation is a presentation of HBO and the Institute of Medicine (IOM), in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and in partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente. The centerpiece of The Weight of the Nation campaign is the four-part documentary series, each featuring case studies, interviews with our nation's leading experts, and individuals and their families struggling with obesity.
Topics: Obesity, Public Health, and Food Habits in the United States

Suggested Films

All In This Tea

In All In This Tea (2007), Les Blank's handheld camera takes us into the hidden world of tea by following world-renowned tea expert David Lee Hoffman to some of the most remote regions of China in search of the best handmade teas in the world.

As We Sow

As We Sow documents the stories of survival and failure in the real heartland, a struggle pitting family against family, neighbor against neighbor, citizens against their government, and small, independent farmers against the giants of global agribusiness. At the center is the land itself: who will control it and how, and at what cost to people and communities, to animals and the environment, and, ultimately to our democracy.

Candyman

Candyman tells the amazing true story of David Klein, an eccentric candy inventor from LA, who in 1976 had a once in a lifetime epiphany and came up with the concept of Jelly Belly jellybeans. They became a pop culture phenomenon and revolutionized the candy industry. David's eccentric personality and peculiar sense of business led him to give up the business just as it was about to explode. Since then, Jelly Belly has grown into a billion dollar enterprise, and the company has deliberately erased him from its history. There is no room for an eccentric genius like this in the modern corporate world. The movie is all about both sides of the American dream. It tells how Klein lost his beans, but kept his soul.

A Community of Gardeners

Throughout Washington, D.C., people of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities are gardening side by side, growing vegetables, fruits and flowers in community gardens. Some are looking for basic sustenance, others for a way to remember their homelands, still others for a place to find a respite from their troubles. Through the voices of young people, senior citizens, immigrants, garden volunteers and educators, A Community of Gardeners explores the vital role of seven urban community gardens as sources of fresh, nutritious food, outdoor classrooms, places of healing, links to immigrants' native countries, centers of social interaction, and oases of beauty and calm in inner-city neighborhoods.

A Delicate Balance

Three years in the making, A Delicate Balance is a succinct production featuring candid interviews with some of the world's leading experts (including mainstream researchers, doctors, nutritionists, cattle ranchers, environmentalists and politicians) from Harvard to Cornell to Tufts. Nominated for Best Unreleased Documentary by the Australian Film Critics Association, A Delicate Balance predominantly explores the effects of animal protein on the human body and the environment and will help you make informed choices to reduce your personal impact.

Dive: Living Off of America's Waste

Inspired by a curiosity about our country's careless habit of sending food straight to landfills, the multi award-winning documentary Dive! follows filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and friends as they dumpster dive in the back alleys and gated garbage receptacles of Los Angeles' supermarkets. In the process, they salvage thousands of dollars worth of good, edible food resulting in an inspiring documentary that is equal parts entertainment, guerrilla journalism and call to action.

Earth Voice Food Choice

The presentation will show how young people in schools are the unsuspecting recipients of unhealthy foods that are known to contribute to obesity, heart attacks, strokes and some forms of cancer. This film will demonstrate how to protect our most valued resources of air water, soil, our children's future and our personal health by making mindful food choices.

Fathead

Comedian (and former health writer) Tom Naughton replies to the blame-McDonald's crowd by losing weight on a fat-laden fast-food diet while demonstrating that nearly everything we've been told about obesity and healthy eating is wrong. Along with some delicious parody of Super Size Me, Naughton serves up plenty of no-bologna facts that will stun most viewers, such as: The obesity "epidemic" has been wildly exaggerated by the CDC.

Food Matters

With nutritionally-depleted foods, chemical additives and our tendency to rely upon pharmaceutical drugs to treat what's wrong with our malnourished bodies, it's no wonder that modern society is getting sicker. Food Matters sets about uncovering the trillion dollar worldwide 'sickness industry' and gives people some scientifically verifiable solutions for overcoming illness naturally.

The Garden

The fourteen-acre community garden at 41st and Alameda in South Central Los Angeles is the largest of its kind in the United States. Started as a form of healing after the devastating L.A. riots in 1992, the South Central Farmers have since created a miracle in one of the country's most blighted neighborhoods. Growing their own food. Feeding their families. Creating a community. But now, bulldozers are poised to level their 14-acre oasis. The Garden follows the plight of the farmers, from the tilled soil of this urban farm to the polished marble of City Hall. Mostly immigrants from Latin America, from countries where they feared for their lives if they were to speak out, we watch them organize, fight back, and demand answers.

Hungry for Change

Hungry for Change exposes shocking secrets the diet, weight loss and food industry don't want you to know about; deceptive strategies designed to keep you coming back for more. Find out what's keeping you from having the body and health you deserve and how to escape the diet trap forever.

I Like Killing Flies

I Like Killing Flies is a 2004 documentary film produced, directed, filmed, and edited by Matt Mahurin. It documents Shopsins restaurant in New York City's Greenwich Village and its owner and head cook, Kenny Shopsin. In 2002 and 2003, Mahurin followed Shopsin in his final year at the location he ran for over 30 years. Throughout the film, Shopsin offers what he calls "half-baked" philosophy, peppered with profanities.

The Perfect Human Diet

This film is a global quest for a solution to the current obesity epidemic. It explores modern dietary science, previous historical findings, ancestral native diets and the emerging field of human dietary evolution.

Pressure Cooker

Career and technical education encourages kids to graduate from high school and offers an alternative path to traditional post-secondary education. The Social Action Campaign for Pressure Cooker is designed to raise awareness and support for career and technical education programs, through initiatives with The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE); and the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP), whose work served as inspiration for the film.

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