If you would like to know more about the benefits of eating a plant-based diet, and how it can impact our health, then the following documentaries are very insightful. Please be aware that some of these documentaries contain graphic images.

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead – Overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe was at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. With doctors and conventional medicine unable to help, Joe traded in junk food and hit the road with a juicer and generator in tow, vowing only to drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice for 60 days. Across 3,000 miles Joe had one goal in mind: To get off his pills and achieve a balanced lifestyle.

Fed Up –  Everything we’ve been told about food and exercise for the past 30 years is dead wrong. Fed Up is the film the food industry doesn’t want you to see. From Katie Couric, Laurie David (Oscar winning producer of An Inconvenient Truth) and director Stephanie Soechtig, Fed Up will change the way you eat forever.

GMO OMG –  Who controls the future of your food? GMO OMG explores the systematic corporate takeover and potential loss of humanity’s most precious and ancient inheritance: seeds. Director Jeremy Seifert investigates how loss of seed diversity and corresponding laboratory assisted genetic alteration of food affects his young children, the health of our planet, and freedom of choice everywhere.

King Corn –  Engrossing and eye-opening, King Corn is a fun and crusading journey into the digestive tract of our fast food nation where one ultra-industrial, pesticide-laden, heavily-subsidized commodity dominates the food pyramid from top to bottom – corn. Fueled by curiosity and a dash of naiveté‚ college buddies Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis return to their ancestral home of Greene, Iowa to figure out how a modest kernel conquered America.

Food, Inc – This movie 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 profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. Food, Inc. reveals surprising and often shocking truths about what we eat, how it’s produced and who we have become as a nation.

Forks Over Knives – Lee Fulkerson’s illuminating documentary serves as a natural successor to Food, Inc. in taking a critical look at the consequences of Western dietary habits.

Hungry For Change – This movie exposes shocking secrets the diet, weight loss and food industry don’t want you to know about: deceptive strategies designed to keep you coming back for more. Find out what’s keeping you from having the body and health you deserve and how to escape the diet trap forever.

Food Matters – “Let thy Food be thy Medicine and thy Medicine be thy Food.”  That is the message from Hippocrates, the founding father of modern medicine echoed in this documentary film.

Fresh –  Fresh outlines the vicious cycle of our current food production methods, while also celebrating the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are reinventing our food system. Director Ana Joanes takes her camera coast to coast and explores the lives of amazing Americans who are redefining the way we eat and how we live.

Supersize Me – Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock makes himself a test subject in this documentary about the commercial food industry. After eating a diet of McDonald’s fast food three times a day for a month straight Spurlock proves the physical and mental effects of consuming fast food. Spurlock also provides a look at the food culture in America through it’s schools corporations and politics. Super Size Me is a movie that sheds a new light on what has become one of our nation’s biggest health problems: obesity.

Dirt! The Movie – Narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis, Dirt! The Movie tells the story of humans trying to re-connect to dirt, the living skin of the earth. Traveling from the vineyards of California to the plains of Kenya, Dirt! reveals how repairing our relationship with dirt can create new possibilities for all life on earth.

Crazy Sexy Cancer – Diagnosed with an incurable form of cancer, 31-year old Kris Carr exits her acting career upon diagnosis to film her journey for the next four years. Cutting edge, sassy and hip, this generation-defining documentary provides a rare passenger seat view into the intimate, anguishing, and sometimes humorous world of living with cancer.

Simply Raw – Six Americans with diabetes who switch to a diet consisting entirely of vegan, organic, uncooked food in order to reverse the course of the disease without pharmaceutical medication.

The Future of Food – This educational edition features a year-long college level curriculum that serves as a companion to Deborah Koons Garcia’s documentary The Future of Food. It is based on Dr. Joshua Muldavin’s lecture course entitled Food, Agriculture, Environment, and Development.

Disclaimer: The opinions and views expressed in the above listed documentaries do not necessarily reflect the opinions or views of the directors and staff of Vireo Magazine. Before starting a new diet, it is recommended that you seek the advice of a medical professional.

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