• Joanna Broomfield

10 Food and Sustainability Documentaries To Isolate With

Updated: May 18


Stuck inside and can't decide what to watch on Netflix? We've got you covered.



1. Cowspiracy (2014)


Roots Review 9/10 - Rotten Tomatoes 89% - IMDB 8.3/10


Follow the shocking, yet humorous, journey of an aspiring environmentalist, as he daringly seeks to find the real solution to the most pressing environmental issues and true path to sustainability.


Where? - Netflix



2. Game changers (2019)

Roots Review 10/10 - Rotten Tomatoes 99% - IMDB 7.9/10


James Wilks travels the world on a quest for the truth about meat, protein, and strength. Showcasing elite athletes, special ops soldiers, and visionary scientists to change the way people eat and live.


Where? - Netflix



3. Ice on fire (2019)


Roots Review 9/10 - Rotten Tomatoes 89% - IMDB 7.4/10


Visionaries and scientists work to mitigate climate change and minimize climate-related events, despite a rapidly warming planet.

Where? - HBO, Hulu, Amazon Prime



4. What the health (2017)


Roots Review 8/10 - Rotten Tomatoes 61% - IMDB 7.4/10


Filmmaker Kip Andersen uncovers the secret to preventing and even reversing chronic diseases, and he investigates why the nation's leading health organisations doesn't want people to know about it.


Where? - Netflix

5. Before the flood (2016)


Roots Review 8/10 - Rotten Tomatoes 77% - IMDB 8.3/10


Actor Leonardo DiCaprio meets with scientists, activists and world leaders to discuss the dangers of climate change and possible solutions.


Where? - Everywhere! Youtube, Facebook, Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, Twitter, Google Play, or google it!

6. Forks over knives (2011)


Roots Review 8/10 - Rotten Tomatoes 79% - IMDB 7.7/10


Researchers explore the possibility that people changing their diets from animal-based to plant-based can help eliminate or control diseases like cancer and diabetes.


Where? - Netflix



7. Racing Extinction (2015)


Roots Review 9/10 - Rotten Tomatoes 82% - IMDB 8.2/10


Filmmaker Louie Psihoyos, along with activists, scientists and others, draws attention to mankind's role in a potential loss of at least half of the world's species.


Where? - iTunes, Amazon, Google Play



8. Our Planet (2019)


Roots Review 9/10 - Rotten Tomatoes 91% - IMDB 9.3/10


Our Planet (TV-Mini Series 2019) Documentary series focussing on the breadth of the diversity of habits around the world, from the remote Arctic wilderness and mysterious deep oceans to the vast landscapes of Africa and diverse jungles of South America.

Where? - Netflix

9. True Cost (2015)


Roots Review 8/10 - Rotten Tomatoes 81% - IMDB 7.7/10

The True Cost is a 2015 documentary film directed by Andrew Morgan that focuses on fast fashion. It discusses several aspects of the garment industry from production—mainly exploring the life of low-wage workers in developing countries—to its after-effects such as river and soil pollution, pesticide contamination, disease and death. Using an approach that looks at environmental, social and psychological aspects, it also examines consumerism and mass media, ultimately linking them to global capitalism. The documentary is a collage of several interviews with environmentalists, garment workers, factory owners, and people organising fair trade companies or promoting sustainable clothing production.


Where? - Amazon, True Cost Website



10. Food Inc (2008)


Roots Review 8.5/10 - Rotten Tomatoes 76% - IMDB 7.8/10


Documentary filmmaker Robert Kenner examines how mammoth corporations have taken over all aspects of the food chain in the United States, from the farms where our food is grown to the chain restaurants and supermarkets where it's sold. Narrated by author and activist Eric Schlosser, the film features interviews with average Americans about their dietary habits, commentary from food experts like Michael Pollan and unsettling footage shot inside large-scale animal processing plants.


Where? - Amazon, Hulu, Vimeo

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