Thanks to friends in the sustainable ag world for the list below of films on the ever-popular topic of food. There are some additional ones on the Presbyterian's Food and Faith site. Plus, at the bottom of this post are some media databases and other film and book resources to choose from.
Remember. Consuming good food is not enough, help yourself and others to consume a healthy dose of good media too!
THE REAL DIRT ON
A film that charts Farmer John’s astonishing journey from farm boy to counter-culture rebel to the son who almost lost the family farm to a beacon of today’s booming organic farming movement.
This is a twofold journey: the story of how two college buddies learned about their agricultural heritage, and the tale of how kernels of corn have insidiously worked their way into America's diet.
SUPPER (PHP has this to lend out for church and community events)
A journey into the billion-dollar battle to control food production.
Genetic Engineering, Industrial Agriculture and Sustainable Alternatives
A culinary expedition in search of the people, place and taste of North American small scale, sustainable food production.
THE GLOBAL GARDENER with Bill
Mollison 4, ½ segments about permaculture around the world
This film is about the use and misuse of technology on the American farm telling the story of how synthetic chemicals have changed farming and farmers.
BEYOND ORGANIC: THE VISION OF FAIRVIEW GARDENS
(PHP has this to lend out for church and community events)
Tells the story of Fairview Gardens and its struggle to survive in the face of rapid suburban development. It draws a sharp contrast between community-supported agriculture and conventional chemical farming.
ASPARAGUS: A STALK-UMENTARY
For thirty years, Oceana County Michigan has been the Asparagus Capital of the World. Now its residents and family farms take on the U.S. War on Drugs, Free Trade, and a Fast Food Nation, all to save their beloved ‘roots’.
SEEDS OF HOPE: FEEDING THE WORLD ONE COMMUNITY AT A TIME
About rural communities around the world that are using community-based approaches to battle food insecurity. A woman’s group in South Africa starts small vegetable gardens to feed their families, an NGO in Cambodia that starts a rice seed credit bank and nutrition education, a profile of Patchwork Family Farms in Missouri and a community research project in Colombia that helps farmers produce food more effectively. 4 sections – total 24 minutes. Producer: Sarah Hesterman, Creative Realization, [media for social change]
CHEFS A’ FIELD
39 episodes putting farmers and food issues center stage, by taking the nation’s best chefs out of the kitchen and onto family farms across this country to see the real work, love, passion, lifestyle, and labor that goes into growing good, sustainable food for America’s tables.
CHEFS A’ FIELD – KIDS ON THE FARM
Now in it’s third season, Kids on the Farm takes the nation’s best chefs – and their kids – out to the source, to learn where their food comes from, to meet the people who passionately grow their food, and finally – into the kitchen where they partake in the creation of a family meal. The series companion book features kid-friendly cooking tips, ideas for supporting sustainability, sourcing notes, health and nutrition information, and one of the most comprehensive arrangements to date, of activities designed to encourage families to engage and share in the joys of food, cooking, and farming, together.
For more information on both Documentary Shots and Chef's Afield
HOW TO MAKE A
This story is about how making a pizza can be good for the environment. "How To Make A Pizza" features George Schenk whose mantra is to use only local and organic ingredients from farmers and artisans close to home.
Farmer Joel Salatin is considered by many as the “high priest of the pasture.” Restaurant reviewers say Chef Cathal Armstrong “steeps into another reality using local ingredients…to produce dishes that are subtly, intriguingly unique.” As the two connect on film, along with Armstrong’s kids, Eve 7 and Eammon 4, on the rolling pastures of Joel Salatin’s idyllic Polyface Farm, we get a lesson in where our food comes from and how to care for the land.
Michigan State University
Database of introductory books and films/documentaries related to food and agriculture.
Contact: Philip H. Howard, Assistant Professor, Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies (CARRS) 316 Natural Resources Michigan State University East Lansing, MI 48824 phone: 517-355-8431
UC Berkeley’s Media Resource Center
On Food: Production, Consumption, Politics