The theme for World Health Day 2015 is food safety. As someone who loves food, I consider the safety of our food and where it comes from an important issue. The World Health Organization claims that “over 200 diseases are caused by unsafe food containing harmful bacteria, parasites, viruses, chemical substances.” Pretty scary. From books such as The Omnivore’s Dilemma and Salt, Sugar, Fat to the many documentaries that are being produced, there’s no shortage of resources to educate ourselves. Take some time this World Health Day to learn more about where your food comes from and the issues surrounding our health, the food industry, and what we’re putting into our bodies. Here are 10 documentaries to get started…
1. Food Chains – A group of workers work to overcome corporate greed and end abuse in America’s fields, revealing what actually feeds our country.
2. Forks Over Knives – This documentary examines how degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.
3. Food, Inc. – This film takes a look at the food industry’s harmful effects on human health and the environment.
4. Super Size Me – This well-known documentary follows Morgan Spurlock as he explores the consequences on his health of a diet of solely McDonald’s food for one month.
5. Fed Up – This documentary is an examination of America’s obesity epidemic and the food industry’s role in aggravating it.
6. Farmageddon – Farmageddon is the story of a mom whose son was healed from allergies and asthma after consuming raw milk and real food from farms. The documentary reveals how farms that were providing safe, healthy foods to their communities were forced to stop.
7. Hungry for Change – Why do you keep coming back for more? This documentary exposes secrets that the diet, weight loss and food industries use.
8. Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead – For those wanting to get healthy, this story should inspire you. Two men whose bodies have been trashed by steroids, obesity, and illness document their intense healing path in their attempt regain their health.
9. TEDTalks: Chew On This – A collection of TED Talks with master bakers, food scientists, chefs, farmers and foodies for a taste of truth about food. Worth a listen.
10. A Place at the Table – A documentary that investigates incidents of hunger experienced by millions of Americans and potential solutions to these problems.
What food safety documentaries do you recommend?