Yesterday morning the Oscar nominations were announced, and while there is not yet a category for ‘Best Sustainable Food Feature’, there has definitely been a surge in Eco-documentaries over the past few years, dealing with everything from the environment to farming, from wildlife and preservation to, yes, you guessed it, chickens.
Some of the best received films are listed below, but it’s a very short list from an ever growing selection. And while neither George Clooney or Brad Pitt are featured in any of my Eco-movie picks, I’m confident that those two socially responsible actors would agree on the merit of the films listed.
In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) and Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto).
Mad City Chickens
Mad City Chickens is a sometimes serious, sometimes whimsical look at the people who keep urban chickens in their backyards. From chicken experts and authors to a rescued landfill hen or an inexperienced family that decides to take the poultry plunge. It is a humorous and heartfelt trip through the world of backyard chickendom.
Fresh is more than a movie, it’s a gateway to action. The underground documentary that became a massive grassroots success, FRESH is the embodiment of the good food movement. Their aim is to help grow FRESH food, ideas, and become active participants in an exciting, vibrant, and fast-growing movement.
Dirt! The Movie
All About Dirt. DIRT! The Movie, tells the amazing and little known story of the relationship between humans and living dirt.
Food Matter examines how the food we eat can help or hurt our health. Nutritionists, naturopaths, doctors, and journalists weigh in on topics organic food, food safety, raw foodism, and nutritional therapy. Available for digital viewing on Netflix.
For a more comprehensive list of of green and environmental films take a look at this Eco Hearth article.