For More Information on Food Production
“Eating Animals” by Jonathan Safran Foer (2009)
Deals with the hidden consequences of factory farming on our health and the environment. Includes detailed accounts of the treatment and slaughter of food animals.
“The Omnivore’s Dilemma” by Michael Pollan (2007)
Examines the history and politics of different diets from its source to the final meal, including industrial farming, organic/sustainable, and hunter/gatherer. Includes interesting in-depth look at corn’s impact on the U.S.
“Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating” by Jane Goodall (2006)
Provides an overview of the impact our various daily food choices have worldwide, including the sustainability of natural resources, animal welfare and our health.
“Righteous Porkchop: Finding a Life and Good Food Beyond Factory Farm” by Nicolette Hahn Niman (2009)
Uncovers the practices of industrialized farming and its devastating effects, but also makes a case for small, more humane and sustainable farms. She details how and why to choose meat from traditional farmed sources, including explanations of food labels and definitions.
“What To Eat” by Marion Nestle (2007)
A guided tour of each section of the supermarket, it tells you what you need to know about food labels, nutrition and health claims, and how to balance decisions on what to buy. Factors in freshness, taste, nutrition, health, price and social & environmental issues.
“Fast Food Nation” by Eric Schlosser (2002)
The history of the fast food industry, how the food is produced, and its transformation of America’s diet, landscape, economy and work force.
Forks Over Knives - (2011, runs 90 min.)
Pioneering researchers Dr T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn examine the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting all animal-based and processed foods.
Food, Inc. – (2009, runs 91 min.)
Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Details how the handful of corporations that produce our food place profit ahead of consumer health, animal welfare and the environment, and their effects on the American farmer.
King of Corn – (2007, runs 88 min.)
Documentary about how corn is produced in the U.S. along with the use of genetically modified seeds, chemical fertilizers and herbicides. Shows how corn gets from the soil into our food system.
Super Size Me - (2004, runs 100 min.)
Guy examines the influence of the fast food industry while eating only McDonald’s food for one month.
Earthlings - (2004, runs 95 min.)
Documentary featuring a brief overview of each welfare issue affecting animals, including production of food, clothing, entertainment and experimentation. Note: this film contains graphic footage.
Eat Wild Directory: www.eatwild.com
Comprehensive directory of pasture based farms throughout the U.S, many of which will ship to other areas. Quality information on the benefits of grass-fed, pasture-raised animal products.
Monteray Bay Aquarium: www.montereybayaquarium.org
Their “Seafood Watch” section offers information on just about every seafood item consumed in the U.S. , including where and how each fish is caught along with a rating of its health concerns and sustainability. They offer printable consumer pocket guides for seafood in every area of the country detailing what to buy and what to avoid, along with a printable pocket guide to buying sustainable sushi. Their “Super Green” list is seafood they currently consider “Best Choices” for human health and friendliness to our oceans.
The Farm Sanctuary: www.farmsanctuary.org
Detailed information on the treatment of food animals in the U.S. Includes extensive photos and video footage of how each factory farm animal lives. Offers various opportunities to get involved in current campaigns and advocating on behalf of farm animals.
Provides information on issues affecting all animals, including factory farming practices, pets and wildlife. They post video footage of undercover farm animal abuses and puppy mills. They post regular news updates on all animal welfare legislation pending nationwide.
Provides information on local sustainable food and educates consumers on food related issues. They also offer free downloadable educational/presentation kits about food production.
They provide a free “vegetarian starter kit” along with info on healthy vegetarian diets, recipes and shopping guides. They also list opportunities for “easy activism” and info on factory farming.
“Boss Hog” written by Jeff Tietz for Rolling Stone magazine, Dec. 2006
Eye-opening article written about the hog factory farming industry, primarily addressing the pollution caused by pig waste.
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