Food Documentaries

Knowledge is power and documentaries are a great way to learn and grow! Check out the below documentaries to learn more about food and how it impacts our health, the environment, our schools, our social structures, vulnerable populations, animals and more. Please let us know what your favorites are, which ones you hated, your own suggestions and other thoughts related to these documentaries by emailing us!

What The Health (Netflix & Columbus Library) --2017

What the Health is the groundbreaking film that follows intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the secret to preventing and even reversing chronic diseases – and investigates why the nation’s leading health organizations don’t want us to know about it. With the help of medical doctors, researchers, and consumer advocates, What the Health exposes the collusion and corruption in government and big business that is costing us trillions of healthcare dollars, and keeping us sick.

Join Kip as he tracks down the leading and most trusted American health nonprofits to find out why these groups are staying silent, despite a growing body of evidence. Audiences will be shocked to learn the insidious roles played by pharmaceutical companies, agribusiness, and processed animal food companies in the nation’s health, especially in the most vulnerable communities. What The Health is a surprising, and at times hilarious, investigative documentary that will be an eye-opener for everyone concerned about our nation’s health and how big business influences it.

Find it on Netflix Here.
Rent it from the Columbus Metropolitan Library Here.


Feel Rich: Health is the New Wealth (Netflix) --2017

Feel Rich: Health is the New Wealth documents the nascent self-love revolution emerging in urban communities. Narrated by Quincy Jones III, the film features interviews with iconic artists, producers, urban farmers and meditators who have made dramatic changes in their lives by opening themselves up to new ideas about what it means to be rich. The audience will embark on a journey led by Common, The Game, Crystal Wall, Paul Wall, Fat Joe, Russell Simmons, the legendary Quincy Jones and more that provides unique context to the global health crisis in urban communities by offering a backstage pass into the hearts and minds of the hip hop elite.

Find it on Netflix Here.


Forks Over Knives  (Netflix & Columbus Library) --2011

This documentary examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods. It traces the personal journeys of Dr. T. Colin Campbell, a nutritional biochemist from Cornell University, and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, a former surgeon at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic. 

Find it on Netflix Here.
Rent it from the Columbus Metropolitan Library Here.


Cowspiracy (Netflix & Columbus Library) -2014

Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry, and is a primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones,” and virtually every other environmental ill. Yet it goes on, almost entirely unchallenged. Follow the shocking, yet humorous, journey of an aspiring environmentalist Kip Andersen, 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. He daringly seeks to find the real solution to the most pressing environmental issues and true path to sustainability. 

Find it on Netflix Here.
Rent it from the Columbus Metropolitan Library Here.


In Defense of Food (Netflix & Columbus Library) --2017

Join Michael Pollan as he answers the question, what should I eat to be healthy? Cutting through confusion and busting myths and misconceptions, Pollan shows how common sense and old-fashioned wisdom can help us rediscover the pleasures of eating and avoid the chronic disease so often associated with the modern diet. 

Find it on Netflix Here.
Rent it from the Columbus Metropolitan Library Here.


Fed Up  (Columbus Library) --2014

This film blows the lid off everything that was known about food and exercise, revealing a 30-year campaign by the food industry, aided by the U.S. government, to mislead and confuse the American public. Exposing the hidden truths contributing to one of the largest health epidemics in history, it follows a group of families battling to lead healthier lives and reveals why the conventional wisdom of exercise and eat right is not ringing true for millions of people. 

Rent it from the Columbus Metropolitan Library Here.


Vegucated (Columbus Library) --2011

Vegucated is a feature-length documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. Lured with true tales of weight lost and health regained, they begin to uncover hidden sides of animal agriculture. Before long, they find themselves risking everything to expose an industry they supported just weeks before. But can their conviction carry them when times get tough? Part science class, and part adventure story, this entertaining documentary showcases the rapid and at times comedic evolution of three people who share one journey and ultimately discover their own paths in creating a kinder, cleaner, greener world, one bite at a time. 

Rent it from the Columbus Metropolitan Library Here.


Plant Pure Nation (Columbus Library) --2015

The documentary film PlantPure Nation tells the story of three people on a quest to spread the message of one of the most important health breakthroughs of all time. After renowned nutritional scientist and bestselling author Dr. T. Colin Campbell gives a stirring speech on the floor of the Kentucky House of Representatives, his son Nelson, and Kentucky State Representative Tom Riner work together to propose a pilot program documenting the health benefits of a plant-based diet. Once the legislation goes into committee, agribusiness lobbyists kill the plan. Undeterred, Nelson decides to try his own pilot project in his hometown of Mebane, North Carolina. 

Rent it from the Columbus Metropolitan Library Here.


Food Choices (Netflix & Columbus Library) --2016

This film takes a broader look and explores the impact that our food choices have not only on our own health, but also on the health of our planet as well as on the lives of other living species on earth and shows how everything is intrinsically interconnected. This film features interviews with renowned doctors, nutritionists, environmental experts, holistic health practitioners, athletes, musicians, celebrities, authors, bloggers as well as people that shared their amazing stories. 2016

Find it on Netflix Here.

Rent it from the Columbus Metropolitan Library Here.


 Food Inc (Netflix & Columbus Library) --2008

Lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing how our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profits ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. Reveals surprising - and often shocking truths - about what we eat, how it's produced and who we have become as a nation. 

Find it on Netflix Here.
Rent it from the Columbus Metropolitan Library Here.

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