Friday, November 22, 2013

Documentaries We've Been Watching

So most of these films are about food and how corrupt our food system has become which is something I've been really passionate about lately. Anyone interested in health and eating consciously should take a look at these! There's also one about bees in there which is really good and takes the pesticide/insecticide/herbicide epidemic one step further to show how these poisons are also killing bee colonies all over the world and how big of an impact that could (and already has had an) affect us. 

And most of them include a lot of culture. I think that's what I enjoy most about watching documentaries. They always seem to offer you a peak inside someone else's life and culture and just how they live their life differently from yours. It's like the experience of traveling to a different country all packed into a couple hours of movie! So here are a few that are worth mentioning, most of which can be found on Netflix. Ah, what would I do without Netflix. 

Forks Over Knives 
This one I actually bought and made my Dad sit down and watch when we first moved back in with him. He's not unhealthy by any means but he is getting older and as heart problems become a serious problem in the US, I wanted to make sure he was informed on how meat and animal products could affect him. So I don't have to worry about him as time goes on. He has significantly decreased his consumption of meat. I almost never see him eat meat anymore except the rare occasion that we go out to eat together. Success!! 

So this one and the one above are probably the two single most influencing factors in me becoming a vegetarian. This one looks more into the animal cruelty aspects of eating meat and is really fun to watch as these three meat eaters just make a complete switch to becoming vegans. Definitely worth a watch, which you can for free here

Food Matters 
This one is about the food system as a whole and how it has affected our health/made us sick. It's based on the philosophy of and discovery the truth of "Let food be thy medicine and thy medicine be they food". 

If you're an advocate of eating organic (which I am, call me crazy! but this is real life!) watch this!! Food Fight, a documentary about, "how American agricultural policy and food culture developed in the 20th century, and how the California food movement rebelled against big agribusiness to launch the local organic food movement." source. You can actually watch it for free here

Food Inc., about the corruptions of our food system and what it has come to. Watch for free here.
Also, have you seen Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead? It's about a guy who changed his life through juicing. You can watch it free here. 

The Raw & The Cooked- A culinary journey through Taiwan, this one is a beautiful documentary that gives us a peak into the food culture in Taiwan and what they believe in. Such as: 

Farmmagedon, about the crimes of the government taken against local farms and farmers. It's really terrible and depressing but something that needs to been seen so that we can change it. This is from a case they covered in the film, it's pretty unbelievable: 

The FDA moved the court to dismiss the case, and in its motion stated that... 
a) There is no absolute righht to consume or feed children any particular food 
b) there is no generalized right to bodily and physical health

 Queen of the Sun. If you don't love bees now, you will after this beautiful film! I don't think most people realize how dependent our ecosystem is on bees and they are dying all around us because of monoculture and the way food is being carelessly processed right now. "Monoculture is the original sin of agriculture"

YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip, a real look at what we can do to secure our future and save the environment. 

Hippy Masala, a beautiful look into the lives of a few hippies that journeyed to India in their youth and ended up staying to embrace a life of simplicity and joy. 

Do you like to watch documentaries? Have any suggestions for me? Leave a comment, I'd love to hear about them! 

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