Documentary films for foodies

Here’s a round up of some of the better documentary films which deal with food and diet that I’ve seen in the last couple of years:

Future of Food– A scary film about the dominance of certain companies trying to monopolise food supply and the dangers of genetic modification. See also the Future of Food website. Sadly the GM ban was recently lifted in Australia – so please be wary of any products containing canola, cotton, cotton seed oil, corn and soybeans.
King Corn – A documentary about two friends who grew an acre of corn over a year. They then follow its path into the food chain and into their hair! Corn feed cattle feedlots are disgusting.
Simply Raw – Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days: An amazing story of a handful of courageous diabetics who go raw for 30 days. Some of them reduce their insulin dependence and lose weight, and others drop out from the sheer difficulty in sticking to the diet. But it’s pretty inspiring, nevertheless. There is an accompanying website called Raw for 30 Days.
Super Size Me – A popular film featuring Morgan Spurluck, who documents his health while eating McDonald’s for 30 days. Maccas was forced to change their menus after it’s release, and withdraw its super-sized fries and drinks.
Food Matters – A panel of experts talk about the important role that diet does play in the prevention and reversal of many diseases.

Cosmos Christmas

Last year we made a family wall calendar from photos of our visit to Australia Zoo. The plan for this year’s calendar was to take photos of flowers. However at the moment about the only thing in bloom are Cosmos. Perhaps I can fill 12 pages with images of leaves?

The moon was in an optimal position again, so I replanted some of the corn, beans and eggplants that didn’t make it. There’s still no show on the strawberries and rosellas, so I may need to rethink them. I discovered rosellas are shrubs that grow to 2 metres! So it was probably not a good choice for the vegetable beds, besides the fact you can really only make jam out of them and they weigh virtually nothing. Between you and me, I really need to grow heavy stuff to meet the challenge.

We have had lots of positive feedback on our website. One person has suggested we are planting everything too close together. Matt is already having doubts that we won’t make it. Over a month later, we are still waiting to harvest something. It’s a tight race to see what the first home grown produce will be. Squash, tomato or a lemon?

It’s been very windy and the corn has been knocked about. One of them is at 45 degrees. Thankfully there has been more rain, as it currently takes about an hour to water the garden from our tank. Hopefully we can buy a pump soon.

We’ve been spending from $100 to $150 each week on groceries for two adults. The bill tends to be higher if we both go shopping. We’re hoping to reduce our bill when our vegetable beds and fruit trees are in full swing. Way before GST, I used to spend only $30 a week when I was at university. One New York couple are attempting to live on 30 bucks a week on groceries. Could you do it?