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Frankensteer

A disturbing look at how the ordinary cow raised in huge feedlots which exposes them to diseases, is being turned into an antibiotic-dependent, hormone-laced potential carrier of toxic bacteria, all in the name of cheaper food driven by the economic incentives of agribusiness. Producers-directors, Marrin Canell, Ted Remerowsky. c2005. 46 min.
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Fresh

Celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet. Among others, features urban farmer and activist Will Allen, sustainable farmer and entrepreneur Joel Salatin, and supermarket owner David Ball. Directed by Ana Sofia Joanes. Dist.: The Video Project. 2009. 70 min.

Garlic is As Good As Ten Mothers

A film by Les Blank. Celebrates the virtues of garlic, from a Chinese restaurant's sizzling wok to the stuffed piglet specialty of Berkeley's Chez Panisse and the garlic festival at Gilroy, Calif. Garlic enthusiasts describe the bulb's role in history, its medicinal qualities, and their own favorite garlic concoctions. Dist.: Flower Films. 1980. 51 min.

Genesis of a Meal (Gen•232;se d'un repas)

In this documentary Moullet investigates the sources for the foods he is eating at the outset of the film: tuna and bananas. When he investigates the French labels on his tuna, he discovers that the fish were actually caught in Senegal, and his bananas came from Ecuador. The people who caught the fish and the growers of the bananas are interviewed, and their economic hardships are clearly underscored. Produced, written and directed by Luc Moullet. 1978. 112 min.

Good Food

In the Pacific Northwest small family farmers are making a comeback. They're growing much healthier food, and lots more food per acre, while using less energy and water than factory farms. For decades Northwest agriculture was focused on a few big crops for export. But to respond to climate change and the end of cheap energy, each region needs to produce more of its own food and to grow food more sustainably. The film visits producers, farmers' markets, distributors, stores, restaurants and public officials who are developing a more sustainable food system for all.

Good Food/Bad Food: Obesity in American Children

Since the mid-1970s, there has been a tripling of the number of children who are overweight or at risk for being overweight. This film discusses some of the reasons for this phenomenon--there is little physical exercise, and there is poor food choice for children due to things such as the ease of fast food, TV advertisements, and vending machines and poor food lunches in schools. The result of this rise in obesity among children is an accompanying rise in physical problems associated with obesity formerly seen in adults, such as heart disease, type II diabetes, and sleep apnea.

Growing Pains

There is hunger in a world that grows more than enough to feed everyone. The trouble is that it is grown in the wrong place, in the wrong way and sold at the wrong price to guarantee that everyone has enough to eat. In many third world countries crops are grown to service internatinal debts while those who grow the crops are left hungry. 1987. 26 min.

Hamburger & Dolma: Cross-cultural Identities

This documentary interrogates issues of memory, diaspora, and self-construction through the commonplace circumstance of a group of friends preparing and eating dinner together. The individual stories of five Armenian American women are interwoven to shape a collective narrative about the intergenerational transmission of trauma, the complexity of identity, and the abiding power of family and friendship. 2000. 48 min.

Harvest of Fear

A in-depth exploration of the intensifying debate over genetically-modified (gm) food crops. Through interviews with scientists, farmers, biotech and food industry representatives, government regulators, and critics of biotechnology, this two-hour report presents both sides of the debate, exploring the risks and benefits, the hopes and fears, of this new technology. Contents: Are GMO's safe to eat? -- Are we tampering with nature? -- Do GMO's damage the environment? -- Do we need GMO's to feed the world? -- What does the future hold?

Harvesting Hunger

Documentary television program on the crisis in Indian agriculture. Specifically looks at the Kalahandi region and Punjab which rely heavily on the forest and the land for their livelihood. Discusses the return of many farmers to traditional methods of farming which require no pesticides and do not rely on overpriced seeds from seed companies that form monopolies and overcharge for inferior products. Also looks at the plight of the farmers who end up in deep debt and in despair drink pesticides to end their lives. Written and directed by Krishnendu Bose. 2000. 53 min.

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