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6 Films Every Food Activist Can Watch On Netflix

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Food activism is trending.

More and more people are beginning to realize the impact food has on the environment, the people we source from, and ourselves. Factory farms are a big no-no, and buying from local farms is on the rise. And for anyone wanting to learn more about the impact our food has on the environment, our bodies, and our population, Netflix has you covered.

Netflix's food game is too strong. These six documentaries explore how food affects us, directly and indirectly. And if you're looking for a docu-series to binge watch, check out the Netflix original Cooked (featuring Michael Pollan).

Food Chains (2014)

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Did you know that supermarkets earn $4 trillion globally? That makes them the biggest seller of food, and the biggest influencer. This documentary explores the unfair wages and conditions for American farmworkers.

Food Inc. (2008)

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I believe that if people are going to eat meat, they need a full understanding of where their food is coming from. Believe it or not, it comes from a living creature, and many people are desensitized this fact. This documentary exploits the factory farm industry and shows us the reality behind where our meat comes from and how these animals are treated.

Food Matters (2008)

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I like to consider this documentary as one of the stepping stones for the modern day realization of the benefits of whole food, plant-based lifestyles. It brings to life the notion "you are what you eat", shows the correlation between food and health, and disparages the idea that modern medicine is the only way to heal our bodies.

Forks Over Knives (2011)

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This documentary shows the research of two food scientists (Caldwell Esselstyn and T. Colin Campbell) that proves the typical American diet is more than just unhealthy, but life threatening. It has lead to an epidemic of obesity, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer.

PlantPure Nation (2015)

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Dr. Campbell appears once again in this documentary, but this time his work is highlighted. This film goes more in depth on his book, The China Study, and follows the fight against corporate lobbyists in order to publicize the importance of plant-based eating.

Supersize Me (2004)

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If you're reading this article and don't know what this film is about... how? This documentary follows Morgan Spurlock's journey to uncover the effects of fast food as he only eats McDonald's (*gak*).

It's unlikely that large sums of people will drastically alter their diets just to lead a plant-based lifestyle. But these documentaries are a great way for both the average Netflix user or the hard core food activist to be better educated and make good decisions. After all, you are what you eat.

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