Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch.

–Orson Welles

These films focus on food in America and how our modern food culture is basically…bad.

Fast Food Nation – (2006) Based off of Eric Schlosser’s best-selling book of the same title, Fast Food Nation examines the local and global influence of the American fast food industry. This film isn’t a documentary, rather it is set up as a narrative story delving into how the American burger is made.

Food, Inc. – (2009) This documentary examines corporate farming in the US, looking closely at the industrial production of meat, grains and vegetables, and the economic and legal power of large food corporations. Narrated by Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser, Food, Inc. is eye-opening. It concludes that the production of food by agribusinesses is abusive of animals and environmentally harmful.

I highly recommend this film to anyone: people who don’t know anything about industrial food, people know know a little, and people who think they know all there is to know.

King Corn – (2007) This documentary follows college friends Ian Cheney and Curtis Ellis as they move to Greene, Iowa to grow and farm an acre of corn. In the process, they discuss the monoculture corn belt of the US, how industrialized corn has almost wiped out the family farm, the ramifications of GMOs, and the cheap subsidized corn that resides in almost every processed food on the grocery store shelf.

Super Size Me – (2004) This documentary follows Morgan Spurlock on his quest to only eat McDonald’s fast food for 30 days. Super Size Me documents this lifestyle’s drastic effects on Spurlock’s physical and psychological well-being, and explores the fast food industry’s corporate influence, concluding that the food of fast food franchises is both physiologically addictive and physically harmful.

Full disclosure: I’ve watched all the films listed except for Fast Food Nation, which I’ll get to as soon as I have time. Some info on this page was taken from Wikipedia.

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