Homesteading documentaries for a lazy Sunday

Introduction

Once in a while we like to watch some interesting documentaries on the internet regarding homesteading, sustainability and food/agriculture. There is a lot of choice out there on Netflix or other streaming platforms. Especially the last few years we can see an increase in food related documentaries that came out.

We love to gain more knowledge and learn about where our food comes from, or what is healthy.
You do not need to be a dedicated homesteader in order to enjoy these movies. We are still buying parts of our food from local stores and supermarkets. However knowing more about food can help you in making a better decision when you are at the supermarket.

Below you can find a list of movies that we can recommend for you to watch during your next lazy Sunday. The order is completely random, however we marked our favorites as well.

 

List of movies

Food Inc. (2009)

IMDB: 7.8/10 – Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
Duration: 1h34min

Documentary filmmaker Robert Kenner examines how mammoth corporations have taken over all aspects of the food chain in the United States, from the farms where our food is grown to the chain restaurants and supermarkets where it’s sold. Narrated by author and activist Eric Schlosser, the film features interviews with average Americans about their dietary habits, commentary from food experts like Michael Pollan and unsettling footage shot inside large-scale animal processing plants.

 

Food Matters (2010)

IMDB: 7.7/10 – Rotten Tomatoes: 81%
Duration: 1h20min

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 curing disease naturally.

 

Food Fight (2008)

IMDB: 7.1/10 – Rotten Tomatoes: 64%
Duration: 1h31min

A fascinating look at 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.

 

Forks Over Knives (2011)

IMDB: 7.8/10 – Rotten Tomatoes: 61%
Duration: 1h30min

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.

 

Hungry for Change (2012)

IMDB: 7.5/10 – Rotten Tomatoes: 80%
Duration: 1h29min

We all want more energy, an ideal body and beautiful younger looking skin… So what is stopping us from getting this? Introducing ‘Hungry For Change’, the latest ‘Food Matters’ film. ‘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 craving more and more. Could the foods we are eating actually be keeping us stuck in the diet trap?

 

In Organic We Trust (2012)

IMDB: 6.5/10 – Rotten Tomatoes: 80%
Duration: 1h21min

What’s “organic” really? Are people better off eating organic foods? Are organic farms better for the environment? This film looks into the organic food industry and explore its shortcomings. We will explore cost, access, and health. Most importantly, it will examine paths towards a truly organic, self-sustaining agriculture system with local farmer’s markets, urban farmers, and school gardens inspiring new solutions.

 

Killer at Large (2008)

IMDB: 7.3/10 – Rotten Tomatoes: 66%
Duration: 1h42min

Obesity rates in the United States have reached epidemic proportions in recent years. Killer at Large shows how little is being done and more importantly, what can be done to reverse it. Killer at Large also explores the human element of the problem with portions of the film that follow a 12-year old girl who has a controversial liposuction procedure to fix her weight gain and a number of others suffering from obesity, including filmmaker Neil Labute.

 

The Kids Menu (2016)

IMDB: 7.2/10 – Rotten Tomatoes: 50%
Duration: 1h28min

THE KIDS MENU is a feature documentary from the team that brought you “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.” As filmmaker Joe Cross spent time traveling the world with his previous two films, he met thousands of people and one issue that came up again and again was what to do about the growing childhood obesity problem. In THE KIDS MENU, Joe meets with experts, parents, teachers and kids, coming to the realization that childhood obesity isn’t the real issue, but rather a symptom of a bigger problem. The lack of knowledge of what healthy foods are. Lack of access to healthy and affordable options. And the influence of negative role models, whether a parent, teacher or even a celebrity. All of this together seems to be a lot to overcome, but when empowered, kids often make the surprising choice of the healthier path.

 

Cooked (2016 – TV Series)

IMDB: 8.2/10 – Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
Duration: 50min

Explored through the lenses of the four natural elements – fire, water, air and earth – COOKED is an enlightening and compelling look at the evolution of what food means to us through the history of food preparation and its universal ability to connect us. Highlighting our primal human need to cook, the series urges a return to the kitchen to reclaim our lost traditions and to forge a deeper, more meaningful connection to the ingredients and cooking techniques that we use to nourish ourselves.

 

Just Eat It (2014)

IMDB: 7.4/10 – Rotten Tomatoes: 85%
Duration: 1h15min

We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash? Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping and survive only on discarded food. What they find is truly shocking.

 

Fed Up (2014)

IMDB: 7.7/10 – Rotten Tomatoes: 80%
Duration: 1h32min

Fed Up blows the lid off everything we thought we knew about food and weight loss, revealing a 30-year campaign by the food industry, aided by the U.S. government, to mislead and confuse the American public, resulting in one of the largest health epidemics in history.

 

Chasing Ice (2012)

IMDB: 7.8/10 – Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
Duration: 1h14min

When National Geographic photographer James Balog asked, “How can one take a picture of climate change?” his attention was immediately drawn to ice. Soon he was asked to do a cover story on glaciers that became the most popular and well-read piece in the magazine during the last five years. But for Balog, that story marked the beginning of a much larger and longer-term project that would reach epic proportions.

 

More Than Honey (2012)

IMDB: 7.6/10 – Rotten Tomatoes: 100%
Duration: 1h35min

With dazzling nature photography, Academy Award®–nominated director Markus Imhoof (The Boat Is Full) takes a global examination of endangered honeybees — spanning California, Switzerland, China and Australia — more ambitious than any previous work on the topic.

 

Cowspiracy (2014)

IMDB: 8.4/10 – Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
Duration: 1h29min

“COWSPIRACY: The Sustainability Secret” is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today, and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it. This documentary will be as eye-opening as “Blackfish” and as inspiring as “An Inconvenient Truth.”

 

That Sugar Film (2014)

IMDB: 7.4/10 – Rotten Tomatoes: 66%
Duration: 1h37min

One man’s journey to discover the bitter truth about sugar. Damon Gameau embarks on a unique experiment to document the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body, consuming only foods that are commonly perceived as ‘healthy’. Through this entertaining and informative journey, Damon highlights some of the issues that plague the sugar industry, and where sugar lurks on supermarket shelves.

 

Rotten (2018 – TV Series)

IMDB: 7.1/10 – Rotten Tomatoes: 83%
Duration: 50min

This docuseries travels deep into the heart of the food supply chain to reveal unsavory truths and expose hidden forces that shape what we eat.

 

 

 

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Yoran
Written by Yoran
Small town boy, who grew up next to a farm and with a big garden. Recently moved to the big city and discovering his passion for gardening in small spaces. Engineering background helps thinking outside the box.