15 must watch movies if you want to know the truth about what you are eating

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According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), every year 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted or lost. At the same time, 1 in every 7 people in the world go to bed hungry and more than 20,000 children under the age of 5 die daily from hunger. This imbalance signifies the dire need for each of us to stop all forms of food wastage.

The Alternative’s think.eat.save (the UNEP theme this World Environment Day) video Youtube playlist has some of the best documentaries and videos that explore the topic of food wastage, and how we can stop it. It also goes beyond just the issue of food wastage and brings you insight into soil pollution, pesticide overuse, water shortage and sustainable farming methods. Here’s our viewpoint on Think. Eat. Grow. Wear. Drink. Observe. Learn. and Save.

 The Hemp Revolution

The solution to the planet losing billions of trees every year is to grow hemp commercially. Their are hundred of uses of hemp, and hundreds of problems that can be solved by commercial growing of hemp.

Dirt! The Movie

Dirt explores the many ways soil helps us, and the even more ways we destroy it in return. We have a poor understanding of the way soil functions, and this has soured our relationship with it over the years.

Waste = Food

If waste would become food for the biosphere or the technosphere (all the technical products we make), produc­tion and consumption could become beneficial for the planet. Cradle to cradle is a concept that is seen as the next industrial revolution. Design every product in such a way that at the end of its lifecycle the component materials become a new resource. Design buildings in such a way that they produce energy and become a friend to the environment.

 Slow Poisoning of India

The film showcases startling case studies from Kerala where villagers in Kasaragod district are paying a heavy price as it has been exposed to pesticide spraying for many years. It talks of the health impacts in other parts of India and also on how the magic of the green revolution in Punjab is fading as land and water bodies have been poisoned. It gives us a starting view on the impact of pesticide over use.

Story of Stuff

The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world.

Mere Desh Ki Dharti

Mumbai-based filmmaker Sumit Khanna first embarked on the pesticides trail when he noticed the absence of the common sparrow from the green fields of Punjab. “Why is it, I thought to myself, that the sparrows have stopped making the fields their home despite the apparent presence of food? And then I discovered that the crop is so heavily sprayed with pesticide that no bird or beast can hope to survive in the fields,” says Khanna.

Taking Roots: Sustainable Agriculture in India

Story of Organic Farming leaders in India: Basker Save from Gujarat,  Nammalvar from Tamil Nadu, Subash Palekar, Maharashtra and  Manohar Paruchure from Maharashtra.

FLOW: For Love of Water

Interviews with scientists and activists intelligently reveal the rapidly building crisis, at both the global and human scale, and the film introduces many of the governmental and corporate culprits behind the water grab, while begging the question “CAN ANYONE REALLY OWN WATER?”

The World According to Mosanto GMO

The movie showcases how Mosanto is able to exercise such a large amount of influence over the food produced in the United States, and how it has no regard for scientific facts and health hazards for their consumers. Though unique to the United States, it does show us all the negative side of genetically modified crops, and how food can be more dangerous than bombs when used the wrong way.

Making The Connection Vegan Diet – A Documentary About Vegan Lifestyle

The title says it all. The video is an introduction to the world of veganism. It explores the many reasons why people chose to become vegans. It may help you turn into one too!

Fatal Soybean

The documentary shows how the lucrative soybean industry in Argentina has culminated in the death of a great number of residents suffering from cancer due to the overuse of chemical pesticides.

Sustainability in Exile

The film builds on Scherch’s and Tsering’s sustainable agriculture and permaculture design projects over the years and introduces the challenges and opportunities Tibetan farmers face as they pursue compassionate farming practices. The film focuses on farmers in four Tibetan refugee settlements and reveal their experiences which offer important social, economic, ecological and spiritual insights for all of us.

 The Story of Food is Free

A short video, but an interesting concept. The Food is Free Project grows community and food, while helping gain independence from a broken agricultural system. The Food is Free Project is a community building and gardening movement that launched in January of 2012.

The Honest Coca-Cola Obesity Commercial

For once, Coca-Cola admits to the damage it is doing through its many high calorie drinks.

The Sustainability Lie

Though defeatist in some ways, this movie acknowledges that many organisations add the the sustainability tag to their products put the consumers minds at ease. But are any of them truly sustainable and helping the world in any way?

 


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Parul is a sixteen year old currently lazing between unnaturally long summer holidays. She tries to sound a lot older than she really is and is arrogant enough to believe she can change the world. more

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  ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Parul is a sixteen year old currently lazing between unnaturally long summer holidays. She tries to sound a lot older than she really is and is arrogant enough to believe she can change the world. more

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